Guest Commentary

At Bridge, we believe in listening to voices from all over our state. Got something to say? Contact us and join the conversation (details below)

How to submit a Guest Commentary

What to know:

Bridge Magazine welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff. 

Commentaries must be the author’s original work and preferably will not have appeared first in other publications. Bridge reserves the right to decline submissions at our discretion. 

We reserve the right to edit commentary for grammar, clarity, brevity or to address legal or factual concerns. We may offer editing suggestions, but in the service of making your work more accessible, not to alter your views.   

We do not pay for guest commentary.   

Here are some guidelines: 

  • Columns are usually 500-700 words
  • They generally focus on a Michigan topic or policy and should avoid ad hominem attacks
  • The more direct, distinct and/or intimate your perspective, the more effective your column will be
  • The best columns do more than identify problems; they also offer solutions and facts to back them up 
  • Please include a one- or two-sentence bio, including the writer’s organization or relevant background  
  • Send a good quality, large headshot of the writer(s) as an attachment
  • We also ask that, in return for publishing a guest commentary, the author(s) and their organizations generously promote the link to the published column through your Facebook, Twitter and other social or professional networks.

That’s about it. Keep the writing clear, conversational and free of jargon, and sell our smart and receptive readership on the argument you are trying to make. 

Who to contact: 

Email your submission or idea to Monica Williams at mwilliams@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

When Lansing writes laws based on emotion, rather than facts

When Lansing writes laws based on emotion, rather than facts

November 8, 2017 | Michelle Minton

The author predicted back in 2011 that a law passed to regulate beer kegs would not reduce underage drinking. It didn’t. How did she know? The evidence was right in front of lawmakers, had they cared to look.

Stop Michigan DNR from doubling bag limit on brook trout

Stop Michigan DNR from doubling bag limit on brook trout

November 7, 2017 | Bryan Burroughs

A state commission is voting this week on whether to double the daily catch limit from 5 to 10, despite research showing it would deplete Michigan streams and go against the wishes of anglers.

Fixing fake news is on all of us

Fixing fake news is on all of us

November 3, 2017 | Andrea Poole

Like so much in life, it’s easier to believe ‒ and click on ‒ what fits our own worldview. Here are some tips on identifying less credible news stories that flit across your news feed.

Lansing dozes as infrastructure crumbles

Lansing dozes as infrastructure crumbles

November 3, 2017 | Mike Nystrom

Michigan routinely chooses to react to crisis after crisis instead of properly funding infrastructure systems that keep our communities safe

We can’t solve healthcare without an honest debate on government’s role

We can’t solve healthcare without an honest debate on government’s role

November 2, 2017 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

In America, we’ve never really answered the core issue about who should pay for health care and why. Is healthcare a product driven by markets? Or a social good for the benefit of all?

Michigan’s future at stake in fixing public education

Michigan’s future at stake in fixing public education

October 31, 2017 | John Austin

We know how to improve our public schools; the governor’s education commission and numerous studies provide the blueprint. What we need from state leaders is the political will.

Yes, Michigan’s schools are failing. But don’t blame it on parents.

Yes, Michigan’s schools are failing. But don’t blame it on parents.

October 24, 2017 | Sarah Lenhoff

The author takes a State Board of Education member to task for denying that our public schools are in crisis, and cites three policy changes that can boost learning in Michigan.

Take your college ranking guide and burn it

Take your college ranking guide and burn it

October 19, 2017 | Patrick O'Connor

Unless you happen to live next to a college ranking guide, the list you just paid for was put together by someone who knows absolutely nothing about your child

Now is the time for Michigan high school seniors to pursue college dreams

Now is the time for Michigan high school seniors to pursue college dreams

October 19, 2017 | Brian Whiston

Getting students focused on a path that excites and inspires them will help prepare them for postsecondary success and a fulfilling career.

Three ways Michigan can lead on electric vehicles

Three ways Michigan can lead on electric vehicles

October 17, 2017 | Liesl Clark

There are policy barriers that must be overcome for Michigan to lead the nation in the EV revolution.  

Some good news on poverty, but Michigan still has a long way to go

Some good news on poverty, but Michigan still has a long way to go

October 12, 2017 | Peter Ruark

The poverty rate for African Americans and Native Americans has fallen significantly in Michigan, and that’s good. But if we can’t provide workers with a living wage or the skills to get a good job, broad financial hardship will persist.

Fighting to maintain life on Michigan’s island communities

Fighting to maintain life on Michigan’s island communities

October 10, 2017 | Ken Winter

Paying for services is hard enough for many Michigan communities. Providing them in island communities may be even harder.

Opinion | Thoughts and prayers won’t stop America’s gun carnage

Opinion | Thoughts and prayers won’t stop America’s gun carnage

October 5, 2017 | Rob Davidson

An emergency room doctor and Democratic candidate for Congress offers gun-control recommendations for lawmakers in Washington.

Reining in ‘special authorities’ that don’t represent the people

Reining in ‘special authorities’ that don’t represent the people

October 5, 2017 | Eric Lupher

Some government authorities representing Michigan counties or towns are allowed to raise taxes or issue debt even when their voting members do not equally  represent the residents of that region.

Tracking dark money in Michigan politics just got harder

Tracking dark money in Michigan politics just got harder

September 26, 2017 | Craig Mauger

A new law signed by Gov. Snyder makes it easier to get around how much can be spent on candidates’ campaigns in Michigan, and harder to determine who is behind the money.

Kid Rock may be more popular than Stabenow. But a poll saying so is shady.

Kid Rock may be more popular than Stabenow. But a poll saying so is shady.

September 22, 2017 | Richard Czuba

The media, and pollsters themselves, should agree to publicize only legitimate public surveys. Clickbait stories about bad ones can have real consequences.

A community ArtPrize project aims to make kindness more common

A community ArtPrize project aims to make kindness more common

September 22, 2017 | Lori Tubbergen Clark, Azlan Ibrahim

If the aim of art is to change the beholder, even a little, this one has its heart in the right place.

Ban open-water fish farms on Michigan’s Great Lakes

Ban open-water fish farms on Michigan’s Great Lakes

September 21, 2017 | Rick Jones, Gary Howell

The accidental release of farm-raised salmon in Washington shows the peril if Michigan were to allow open-water farms in our lakes, streams and rivers. Open-water farms spread disease, waste and the threat of harmful, invasive species.

Oppose efforts to turn Belle Isle into a veritable racetrack

Oppose efforts to turn Belle Isle into a veritable racetrack

September 14, 2017 | Michael Betzold

The DNR is poised to renew a contract for Grand Prix races that turn much of the beloved island into a concrete barrier during the spring.

It’s not a secret: Good jobs are available in Michigan. Closing the talent gap is key to filling them.

It’s not a secret: Good jobs are available in Michigan. Closing the talent gap is key to filling them.

September 8, 2017 | Roger Curtis

Today’s clean manufacturing jobs are not yesterday’s dirty ones, and they don’t all require college degrees. They do require training. The state is trying to help. 

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