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 Ron French at rfrench@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

Opinion | Michigan’s minority children aren’t treated fairly in our courts

Opinion | Michigan’s minority children aren’t treated fairly in our courts

July 10, 2020 | Frank Vandervort

Michigan’s juvenile court system disproportionately impacts Black and Brown children, and they get poor legal representation. That needs to change.

Opinion | University of Michigan is poorly serving sexual abuse survivors

Opinion | University of Michigan is poorly serving sexual abuse survivors

July 9, 2020 | Nancy Chi Cantalupo

University of Michigan officials shouldn’t run its own claims resolution program for those abused by Dr. Robert Anderson. Survivors deserve better.

Opinion | Colleges must consider the inequities of reopening campuses in the fall

Opinion | Colleges must consider the inequities of reopening campuses in the fall

July 8, 2020 | W. Carson Byrd, William Lopez

The changes that are bound to be present on college campuses in September due to the pandemic could disproportionately hurt low-income and minority students.

Opinion | The first step to social change is easy: fill out the census

Opinion | The first step to social change is easy: fill out the census

July 7, 2020 | Eric Lupher, Kurt Metzger

Michigan cities need to increase census response rates, or risk losing political representation that can lead to change.

Opinion | ‘The beatings will continue until you learn to read’

Opinion | ‘The beatings will continue until you learn to read’

July 1, 2020 | Gretchen Dziadosz

With a pause in school testing, now is the perfect time for Michigan to rethink its punitive third-grade reading law.

Opinion | Remembering Morris Hood III, an inspiration for Michigan lawmakers

Opinion | Remembering Morris Hood III, an inspiration for Michigan lawmakers

July 1, 2020 | Steve Tobocman

Former state Sen. Morris Hood III, who died of the coronavirus this spring, was a revolutionary leader who pushed against hyper-partisanship and never strayed from fighting for the people who put him in office.

Opinion | Don’t send me back to school in Michigan coronavirus outbreak

Opinion | Don’t send me back to school in Michigan coronavirus outbreak

June 29, 2020 | Madeline Gupta

The writer, a rising senior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, argues that students should not have to choose between education and safety during an uncertain pandemic. Staying home is the best choice. 

Opinion | We can’t trust Enbridge – we must close Line 5

Opinion | We can’t trust Enbridge – we must close Line 5

June 28, 2020 | Larry Bell

The founder of Bell’s Brewery had a front-row seat to a massive Enbridge oil spill near Kalamazoo in 2010, and he has no patience for those who want to give Enbridge the benefit of the doubt on Line 5.

Opinion | Debunking 10 misconceptions about Michigan’s Native Americans

Opinion | Debunking 10 misconceptions about Michigan’s Native Americans

June 24, 2020 | Meghanlata Gupta

We're not all rich from casinos nor do we look like caricatures from the 1700s. Forget everything you learned in school about Michigan's first inhabitants. 

Opinion | Michigan has a waste problem but these reforms will help

Opinion | Michigan has a waste problem but these reforms will help

June 24, 2020 | Kerrin O'Brien, John Dulmes , Sean Hammond

Our state has a significant opportunity to advance this goal by updating our waste law with bipartisan legislation currently being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives.

Opinion | As long as coronavirus looms, the $600 unemployment top-off should stay

Opinion | As long as coronavirus looms, the $600 unemployment top-off should stay

June 20, 2020 | Alix Gould-Werth

Directing cash to those who need it most channels dollars to businesses, which employ more workers, who, in turn, have income to spend.

Opinion | Dual pandemics: police brutality and coronavirus racial disparities

Opinion | Dual pandemics: police brutality and coronavirus racial disparities

June 19, 2020 | Peter Blackmer, Rhiannon Chester, Martina Guzmán, Peter Hammer

These times call for transformative change.  Business as usual is what got us here.  Business as usual serves to perpetuate systems of racial hierarchy and white supremacy, not dismantle them.

Opinion | Why we're uniting to back construction of Great Lakes Tunnel

Opinion | Why we're uniting to back construction of Great Lakes Tunnel

June 19, 2020 | Lee Graham, John Walsh

Guest Commentary: Building the tunnel protects tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs that rely on the fuel that’s flowing today through Line 5, and keeps the state’s manufacturing, chemistry, tourism and service industries moving.

Opinion | Michigan's universities should take the lead to address inequities

Opinion | Michigan's universities should take the lead to address inequities

June 18, 2020 | Daniel Hurley

One way to end discrimination and racism is to overcome fear and ignorance through direct engagement and understanding.

Opinion | Vote at home. Can everyone in Michigan agree on that?

Opinion | Vote at home. Can everyone in Michigan agree on that?

June 16, 2020 | Nancy Wang

Disinformation about voter fraud is being used to create distrust in voting by mail. Instances of fraud are almost nonexistent, this author writes.

Opinion | Dear white people: It’s time to listen and act

Opinion | Dear white people: It’s time to listen and act

June 16, 2020 | Algeria K. Wilson

It’s time for white social workers, caregivers, doctors, nurses and the entire health care system to work harder. Yes, it’s exhausting, but there is more work to do, and it’s time for you to do it, this soial worker writes.

Opinion | Michigan economy needs development, use of natural gas

Opinion | Michigan economy needs development, use of natural gas

June 15, 2020 | Scott Robbins

Natural gas can provide families and business sectors with cheap, reliable energy during this uncertain time, while we continue to achieve vital environmental progress. Policies supporting the use of natural gas should be a priority in 2020, the author writes.

Opinion | Did it really take a global pandemic to rethink education?

Opinion | Did it really take a global pandemic to rethink education?

June 15, 2020 | Jamie DeWitt

Coronavirus has amplified the need for reform, but will it be what finally brings about the hard work to reform?

Opinion | Enforce the law to protect Michigan voting rights

Opinion | Enforce the law to protect Michigan voting rights

June 11, 2020 | Christina Schlitt

The Michigan League of Women Voters recently filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State to make sure what voters approved in 2018 is enforced.   

Opinion | Many colleges have waived ACT, SAT tests amid pandemic. Why hasn't U-M?

Opinion | Many colleges have waived ACT, SAT tests amid pandemic. Why hasn't U-M?

June 11, 2020 | Eva McGregor Dodds

Requiring tests score for the fall 2020 application cycle creates an inequitable admission barrier that most negatively impacts urban and rural students amid a pandemic, the author writes.

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