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

Voter information is already publicly available. And that’s all the Trump administration is getting.

Voter information is already publicly available. And that’s all the Trump administration is getting.

July 14, 2017 | Barb Byrum

The Ingham County clerk advises voters not to withdraw their registration in an attempt to hide from the newly created federal Election Integrity Commission.

A tale of two Rust Belts: Why Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo thrive, and factory towns struggle.

A tale of two Rust Belts: Why Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo thrive, and factory towns struggle.

July 13, 2017 | John Austin

Cities with modern, diverse economies outpace places that are less-well-educated and more dependent in manufacturing.

Kids count, but to judge from Michigan’s well-being data, not very much

Kids count, but to judge from Michigan’s well-being data, not very much

July 7, 2017 | David McGhee

The annual Kids Count Data Book shows the state is moving in the wrong direction on too many key indicators predicting a successful future. Bright spots? Some. 

The EM law isn’t the whole problem for Michigan cities, but it’s far from a solution

The EM law isn’t the whole problem for Michigan cities, but it’s far from a solution

July 7, 2017 | Dayne Walling

If the state wants its vital cities to thrive again, some key policy changes must be made. A former Flint mayor lays out his solutions.

Only in a fantasy world do tax cuts pay for themselves

Only in a fantasy world do tax cuts pay for themselves

June 29, 2017 | Charles Ballard

Michigan need only look to Kansas to see the fallacy of believing that massive tax cuts will lead to an explosion of economic activity.

A big barrier to Michigan’s top public university falls, so step up, students

A big barrier to Michigan’s top public university falls, so step up, students

June 23, 2017 | Mark Schlissel

The University of Michigan president wants to make sure qualified students are not kept out of college because of cost concerns. The ball is now in their court.

Treasurer’s office is working to prevent tax foreclosures, not relying on the revenue they generate

Treasurer’s office is working to prevent tax foreclosures, not relying on the revenue they generate

June 23, 2017 | Eric R. Sabree

The Wayne County treasurer takes issue with a Bridge report that showed how the office benefits from the foreclosure wave.

Proposed Trumpcare bill would reverse Michigan health care progress, and hurt residents

Proposed Trumpcare bill would reverse Michigan health care progress, and hurt residents

June 16, 2017 | Dominick Pallone, Gilda Jacobs

The current ACA works pretty well for 88 percent of Michiganders. Any change should improve that number, but will it?

Cutting federal arts funding won’t have any effect on the deficit. On local communities? A different story.

Cutting federal arts funding won’t have any effect on the deficit. On local communities? A different story.

June 16, 2017 | Rich Homberg

The NEA’s share of the federal budget is miniscule, and yet it helps fund many groups that make life in Michigan so much richer. 

Detroit leaders come together to make downtown greener and healthier

Detroit leaders come together to make downtown greener and healthier

June 16, 2017 | Emile Lauzzana, Connie Lilley

A coalition of corporations and institutions work to lessen their buildings’ environmental impact, showing others how it can be done.

Mayor’s account of Detroit’s racist past holds promise for city’s future

Mayor’s account of Detroit’s racist past holds promise for city’s future

June 13, 2017 | Nicole de Beaufort

Mike Duggan gave the region’s mostly white business establishment a historical tour of government housing practices that left blacks behind. Will it translate into a city revival that lifts all Detroiters?

The cash-bond system has served the country since 1835. It’s finally time for a change.

The cash-bond system has served the country since 1835. It’s finally time for a change.

June 9, 2017 | Robert Ficano

For indigent defendants awaiting trial, a $1,000 bond might as well be all the money in the world, turning county jails into debtors’ prisons. Data points to a better way.

In a graduation sea of caps and gowns, three standouts who show value of education

In a graduation sea of caps and gowns, three standouts who show value of education

June 9, 2017 | Barbara VanSweden

One’s family was homeless, another a refugee, and a third melded academics and sports into an already-flowering career. Not a bad start for teenagers.

To rebuild Michigan’s water infrastructure, one word: Plastics

To rebuild Michigan’s water infrastructure, one word: Plastics

June 6, 2017 | John Dulmes

Pending legislation would require state-backed water projects to consider a range of promising new technologies, such as plastics, to replace aging metal pipes. Let’s give engineers the flexibility they need by supporting this measure.

Attracting out-of-state capital is critical for Michigan’s economy

Attracting out-of-state capital is critical for Michigan’s economy

June 2, 2017 | Maureen Miller Brosnan

Venture capital is essential to the state’s startups. But as in so many sectors of the economy, more investment is needed.

A Detroit neighborhood, and a blueprint for the future

A Detroit neighborhood, and a blueprint for the future

June 2, 2017 | John Petz

A detailed plan emerges with the aim of revitalizing and reinvigorating the Grandmont Rosedale community in northwest Detroit.

A 17-year-old is not an adult, and shouldn’t be treated as such. Even felons.

A 17-year-old is not an adult, and shouldn’t be treated as such. Even felons.

May 19, 2017 | Paul Elam, Francisco A. Villarruel

After years of pushing juveniles into adult court, the trend has shifted, and is paying off in less recidivism, lower costs and fewer lives squandered. 

In a business-focused world, even ballerinas need to keep up

In a business-focused world, even ballerinas need to keep up

May 19, 2017 | Michael Rinkus

Not everyone needs an MBA, but higher ed is trying to give more learners essential business skills. 

Dismissed from an EPA board, an MSU economist fears for agency’s, and planet’s, future

Dismissed from an EPA board, an MSU economist fears for agency’s, and planet’s, future

May 12, 2017 | Robert B. Richardson

‘I was Trumped,’ Robert Richardson tweeted, but the loss of scientific counsel to a federal agency is no joke, he writes.

Graduates aren't all universities produce. You may be holding one item in your hand.

Graduates aren't all universities produce. You may be holding one item in your hand.

May 5, 2017 | Mark Schlissel

Why does the administration want to cut funding responsible for some of the country’s most important research and design?

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