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 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

No more pie fights, or how news organizations can elevate online discussion

No more pie fights, or how news organizations can elevate online discussion

February 19, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

News organizations that leave reader comment sections alone risk losing them to trolls. Or, as this expert puts it, “If people walk into a pie fight, they’ll pick up a pie.

State teacher of year: Who am I to judge Detroit teacher sick-outs?

State teacher of year: Who am I to judge Detroit teacher sick-outs?

February 16, 2016 | Rick Joseph

The stark inequality between Michigan’s rich and poor schools is the greatest obstacle to learning. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit, where teacher sick-outs have put a spotlight on the terrible conditions in which children must learn

Internet comments are where too many bullies come to play. Isn’t there a better way?

Internet comments are where too many bullies come to play. Isn’t there a better way?

February 12, 2016 | Kenneth Cole

If rude, abusive and inflammatory comments are tolerated by online news sources, what sort of discourse are we encouraging elsewhere

Historic districts give Michigan cities character, so no need to change law

Historic districts give Michigan cities character, so no need to change law

February 12, 2016 | Barry LaRue

Why does the legislature want to gut a policy that has worked well, for the state and its historic cities, for 45 years

We need performance-based charter authorizing system

We need performance-based charter authorizing system

February 11, 2016 | Amber Arellano, Sunil Joy

The state must hold charter school authorizers accountable when their schools persistently underperform, a responsibility that leading education states take more seriously

Yes, it’s a gag rule, and withholding information will hurt government

Yes, it’s a gag rule, and withholding information will hurt government

February 5, 2016 | Craig Thiel

PA269 keeps public officials and entities from informing voters about ballot issues 60 days before an election. The stakes are too high to require silence

EM law had unintended racial consequences in Flint and Detroit

EM law had unintended racial consequences in Flint and Detroit

February 5, 2016 | Reynolds Farley

The legislature probably didn’t intend for its impact to fall disproportionately on Michigan's residents of color, but it has. Now is the time to investigate fixing it

Performance standards can rein in electricity costs for 2016 ratepayers

Performance standards can rein in electricity costs for 2016 ratepayers

February 2, 2016 | Larry Ward

Michigan residents pay top dollar for their energy. It’s time for the legislature to start requiring utilities to give them something better for their money

How much longer can we delay action on the Straits pipeline?

How much longer can we delay action on the Straits pipeline?

January 29, 2016 | Leonard Page

Enbridge’s track record for both safety and transparency doesn’t give residents cause for confidence in its “trust us” defense of Line 5

Payday lenders, and a future without them

Payday lenders, and a future without them

January 28, 2016 | Dave Adams

It’s not enough to stop efforts in Lansing that allow payday lenders to thrive. The key is to give people financial tools so they never have to turn to such loans.

Enbridge: Line 5 pipeline is vital to Michigan

Enbridge: Line 5 pipeline is vital to Michigan

January 26, 2016 | Brad Shamla

Enbridge assures Michigan residents that its Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, is safe. The company says it’s committed to protecting the Great Lakes as it provides access to affordable, secure energy to the state.

Pipeline secrecy bill threatens Great Lakes, prevents accountability

Pipeline secrecy bill threatens Great Lakes, prevents accountability

January 26, 2016 | Phil Roos

A bill that would allow energy companies to keep private key information about oil and gas pipelines in Michigan threatens the Great Lakes and the people of Michigan, the author argues.

Michigan earns ‘F’ for transparency, while legislature helps it stay there

Michigan earns ‘F’ for transparency, while legislature helps it stay there

January 22, 2016 | Craig Mauger

Among the tsunami of unwelcome attention swamping the state, now this: Dark money swamps our elections, and even its defenders won’t speak up

Sander Levin: State ‘gag law’ hurts schools, communities

Sander Levin: State ‘gag law’ hurts schools, communities

January 21, 2016 | Sander Levin

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin says this misguided law prevents schools and local government from giving voters the facts on millages or other ballot issues 60 days before elections, when most voters need basic information. It must be repealed.

Is time running out on the Enbridge Straits pipeline 5?

Is time running out on the Enbridge Straits pipeline 5?

January 19, 2016 | Ken Winter

The tide appears to be changing in favor of halting the controversial pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, as new studies, evidence and reason point to the line’s potential threat to the Great Lakes

Detroit teacher ‘sickout’ was a call for attention and help

Detroit teacher ‘sickout’ was a call for attention and help

January 15, 2016 | Ivy Bailey

Detroit school conditions are sickening, so teachers called in sick. Now it’s the state’s responsibility to make it right.

Why ecologists support Ann Arbor’s deer cull

Why ecologists support Ann Arbor’s deer cull

January 14, 2016 | Christopher Dick

In the fierce debate over how to control deer populations in urban areas, a U-M ecologist defends the use of sharpshooters over some non-lethal methods.

Opioids’ rising death toll demands comprehensive policy solutions

Opioids’ rising death toll demands comprehensive policy solutions

January 8, 2016 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Theresa R.F. Dreyer

Prescriptions for these powerful drugs are a godsend to those suffering chronic pain. Their interests must be balanced with others’ as we seek to reduce fatal overdoses

To succeed in business, think like a business person – and an artist

To succeed in business, think like a business person – and an artist

December 22, 2015 | Julie Bianchi

“Design thinking” sounds arty, but it’s being embraced by business. It's about flexibility, creativity and problem-solving, for organizations and individuals.

When it comes to talent, Michigan needs more of everything

When it comes to talent, Michigan needs more of everything

December 17, 2015 | Doug Rothwell

More degrees, more certificates, more learning, more smarts: This is the 21st century economy. A new campaign seeks to drive that message home.

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