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

Forget traditional schools vs. charters; quality must grace all schools

Forget traditional schools vs. charters; quality must grace all schools

May 8, 2014 | Tom Watkins

Stop the ideological fights in Lansing and place the focus on appropriate oversight and quality education regardless of its source.

Specialized support for at-risk students is effective

Specialized support for at-risk students is effective

May 1, 2014 | Jeff Brown

For impoverished students, a quality education goes beyond providing a strong curriculum and standardized tests.

Teachers need more training and resources to teach to higher standards

Teachers need more training and resources to teach to higher standards

April 24, 2014 | Amber Arellano, Steve Cook

It makes little sense to expect that Michigan students will meet more rigorous college- and career-ready standards without supporting teachers in implementing them and measuring whether students get there.

Parents need help choosing the best school for their children

Parents need help choosing the best school for their children

April 17, 2014 | Dan Varner

Michigan created a vast marketplace of school choice, yet provides parents with almost no tools to gauge school quality.

Texas conservatives to Michigan: Cut prisons now

Texas conservatives to Michigan: Cut prisons now

April 15, 2014 | Derek Cohen, Marc Levin

Texas has shed its “throw-away-the-key” mantra for nonviolent offenders. Seven years ago, it invested in drug courts and community monitoring for low-level offenders. The result: crime is way down, so is recidivism. And the state has saved billions in prison costs.

Aging boomers are ready for their Encore

Aging boomers are ready for their Encore

April 10, 2014 | Beverly Hall Burns

Blessed with better health, a longer life expectancy and the conviction that we can do anything we set our minds to, boomers can make significant contributions for the social good. One program shows how.

Grand Rapids is addressing legacy costs

Grand Rapids is addressing legacy costs

April 8, 2014 | Gregory Sundstrom

A remarkable transformation has taken place in Grand Rapids, with the city cutting costs and controlling pension and health-care obligations

To combat child obesity, Michigan needs more phys ed

To combat child obesity, Michigan needs more phys ed

April 8, 2014 | Mike Maisner

Michigan schools have no minimum requirement for for K-8 physical education. A pending bill would require younger children to receive at least 90 minutes of phys ed a week.

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

April 3, 2014 | Kathy Hayes

The public wants school board members to receive the training and professional development to make good decisions on behalf of our students. Currently, Michigan does not require such training for board members.

Albion High slighted in Bridge article

Albion High slighted in Bridge article

April 1, 2014 | Ashlin Tabiadon

Don’t tell me my teachers at Albion High did not teach me anything! I worked my butt off to accomplish the things that I did in school, including being accepted to college.

Asking the questions that impact students

Asking the questions that impact students

April 1, 2014 | Michael Rice

In the political debate over the level of school funding in Michigan, one conclusion is clear: fewer resources are finding their way to the classroom than in years past.

Don’t roll back Michigan no-fault insurance protections

Don’t roll back Michigan no-fault insurance protections

March 27, 2014 | Chuck Fellows

Michigan should continue to cover long-term medical expenses for accident victims with catastrophic injuries.

Grand Rapids must deal with its debt

Grand Rapids must deal with its debt

March 20, 2014 | Jacob Ignatoski

If Grand Rapids wants to avoid the kind of financial crisis afflicting Detroit, it must begin to deal decisively with the pension and healthcare debts that are weighing the city down.

There’s economic power in Michigan’s creative industries

There’s economic power in Michigan’s creative industries

March 18, 2014 | Jennifer Goulet, Mark Murray

Creative industries add more than $3 billion and 75,000 jobs to the state’s economy; something to remember in funding school arts programs.

For Sunshine Week, more governmental transparency, please

For Sunshine Week, more governmental transparency, please

March 14, 2014 | Charles Hill

Openness in public affairs is a cause that crosses party lines and ideologies. The Michigan Coalition for Open Government was formed to support and encourage it.

Community partnerships to attack Michigan mental health crisis

Community partnerships to attack Michigan mental health crisis

March 13, 2014 | Larissa N. Niec, Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich

Michigan has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the nation, particularly in rural areas, yet does not have adequate access to mental health services. When care is available, it is more likely to succeed when specialists work with stakeholders in the community.

Surgery, therapy effective against obesity; more should get both

Surgery, therapy effective against obesity; more should get both

March 11, 2014 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

Michigan is one of the fattest states in the nation. If we are truly going to tackle obesity and reduce related human suffering and healthcare costs, shouldn’t we focus on things we know work (intensive behavioral therapy and bariatric surgery) and make them widely available to the people who need help most?

For one firefighter, ignorance about public safety burns

For one firefighter, ignorance about public safety burns

March 9, 2014 | Larry Sybesma

A Bridge columnist questioned the money spent on fire protection, and readers responded with flamethrowers. This is only one of them.

Ignore 'reformers,' U.S. schools doing just fine

Ignore 'reformers,' U.S. schools doing just fine

March 6, 2014 | Al Churchill

Education reformers claim U.S. students are falling behind students in top nations. Actually, U.S. schools where there is little poverty are matching schools in Finland, Japan and Korea. The problem is poverty, not our public schools.

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