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

Yes, Michigan, who is governor does make a difference

Yes, Michigan, who is governor does make a difference

September 9, 2014 | Michael Finney

Gov. Snyder’s common-sense reforms, economic policies are fueling Michigan’s comeback.

How much credit (or blame) does Gov. Snyder deserve?

How much credit (or blame) does Gov. Snyder deserve?

September 4, 2014 | Charles Ballard

How much difference can a governor make to Michigan’s economy? Not as much as pundits and politicians think.

DNR chief: No safety worries in drilling under Hartwick Pines State Park

DNR chief: No safety worries in drilling under Hartwick Pines State Park

September 4, 2014 | Keith Creagh

If the state doesn’t strike deal on public mineral rights, the money could go to private landowners who could still drill for oil and gas under the park.

Hey, you! Want to help run Michigan?

Hey, you! Want to help run Michigan?

August 28, 2014 | Doug Roberts

The Michigan Political Leadership Program has launched political careers across parties and across the state. Applications for next year’s class are being taken now.

Common sense health care reforms can save billions

Common sense health care reforms can save billions

August 19, 2014 | David Hutton

Michigan should not spend billions of dollars on care that does not improve our health.

Drill under pristine pines? At what price?

Drill under pristine pines? At what price?

August 14, 2014 | Fred Keller

The question isn’t whether the state should, or should not, sell off rights to oil and gas drilling on state land. The question is whether the state is leaving money on the table?

Forty years later, appreciating President Ford’s leadership

Forty years later, appreciating President Ford’s leadership

August 5, 2014 | Patrick McLean

Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon hurt the new president’s popularity, and may have cost him an election. But it allowed the country to heal and move beyond Watergate.

Feeding children’s brains from birth

Feeding children’s brains from birth

July 31, 2014 | Jane Zehnder-Merrell

Michigan children are in the bottom tier of states nationally in education. Investing in high-quality childcare and parental education will help the poorest children catch up.

Michigan could lead on making voting easier, but no movement in Lansing

Michigan could lead on making voting easier, but no movement in Lansing

July 29, 2014 | Sen. Jim Ananich

Why is turnout so low in non-presidential elections? Some simple reforms could make it easier to cast a ballot, and make the state’s voter participation close the gap with registration.

Michigan beginning to lure venture capitalists

Michigan beginning to lure venture capitalists

July 24, 2014 | Paula Sorrell

National investors are increasingly bullish about Michigan startups, getting past the mindset that we’re a flyover state.

Getting tough, and smart, on crime in Michigan

Getting tough, and smart, on crime in Michigan

July 22, 2014 | Grover Norquist

The traditional prison approach – anchored in a heavy reliance on incarceration, even for those who could be more effectively punished in other ways – is a losing strategy.

Guest column: Calvin College chooses money over values

Guest column: Calvin College chooses money over values

July 10, 2014 | Andrew Steiner

UCLA turned down $3 million from Donald Sterling. Why does Calvin accept millions from a foundation tied to Blackwater?

Constant tax cuts killing Pure Michigan

Constant tax cuts killing Pure Michigan

July 8, 2014 | John Austin

There is plenty of blame to go around for this diminished Michigan Dream. The biggest culprit is not the Great Recession, but the wrongheaded belief that cutting taxes will improve the economy.

7 things every high school student should do this summer

7 things every high school student should do this summer

June 26, 2014 | Patrick O'Connor

Summer is the perfect time to plan for life after high school, whether you are college-bound or entering the workforce. Here are a few quick tasks any student can perform.

Long summer break kills learning

Long summer break kills learning

June 19, 2014 | Charles Ballard

Michigan students enjoy an endless summer, while students in highly educated nations spend 20 days more each year in class.

It’s time to move beyond current debate on Obamacare

It’s time to move beyond current debate on Obamacare

June 12, 2014 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

Obamacare is already changing the healthcare landscape in Michigan. Major efforts are underway to make the system more effective and efficient, though we don’t yet know if they will work.

Finding common ground with Detroit

Finding common ground with Detroit

June 10, 2014 | Ken Winter

Mackinac conference is bringing all corners of Michigan together for serious policy solutions.

5 steps to improving education

5 steps to improving education

May 29, 2014 | David Stanley

Higher standards and more rigorous training are the keys to developing better teachers for our children.

A four-year college degree remains best bet for well-paying, secure career

A four-year college degree remains best bet for well-paying, secure career

May 22, 2014 | Lou Glazer

No matter what you hear, the reality is Millennials with a four-year degree are doing substantially better than their peers without a four-year degree. End of story.

Support Detroit’s renewal, for Michigan's sake

Support Detroit’s renewal, for Michigan's sake

May 20, 2014 | Doug Rothwell

Business Leaders for Michigan supports state legislation that would make a significant financial contribution to Detroit’s future.

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