Gongwer News Service

Michigan’s Most Trusted Source for News on State Government and Politics

For more than 100 years, Gongwer News Service has set the standard by providing its subscribers the most independent, comprehensive, accurate and timely coverage of issues in and around Michigan's government and political systems. Written by a staff of experienced, professional journalists, Gongwer's daily Michigan Report provides detailed coverage of every bill in the Legislature, closely tracks the activities of the executive and judicial branches, and monitors state elections.


Subscribers get the Gongwer edge

Beyond daily news reporting, Gongwer provides its readers with a package of products that allow them to plan their day and enhance their ability to react to political and policy developments. Subscribers can access Gongwer in two ways.

There’s the Gongwer website, the most advanced on the market, which subscribers can access at any time. And subscribers also receive Gongwer’s services via e-mail, helping you make sure nothing gets missed.

The package is all-inclusive, so unlike other services, you won’t pay more to receive everything you need to monitor state government. Our services include:


News
  • The daily Michigan Report, which contains the day’s news, features and Gongwer's in-depth stories. This ground-breaking report is the must-read publication of the Capitol and provides the solid, reliable information you need to do your job.
  • The daily Michigan Media Clips service, with links to news and opinion from other Michigan news organizations, sent to your inbox before 9 a.m. each morning.
  • Breaking News alerts: Gongwer subscribers are the first to know when major Capitol news breaks.
  • Award-winning coverage: Gongwer has been honored with numerous awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state Capitol reporters and editors, for the quality of its reporting.

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Bill Tracking
  • House and Senate Activity reports, a compilation of all activity on bills and resolutions each legislative day. Unlike other services, our reports are organized by the most recent activity, making it easy to find what you need. And, there are no confusing codes that require a key to decipher.
  • Our popular bill-tracking features that send you a real-time e-mail whenever there’s action or scheduled action on bills, keywords or issues you’re following.
  • Bill status reports allowing you to quickly determine where your tracked bills stand in the legislative process. You can also use the system to upload your own comments on legislation, and produce professional-caliber reports.
  • Custom committee schedules showing you the upcoming schedule only for bills you’re following.
  • A one-stop shop that allows you to conveniently track your bills, keyword searches and status reports. The MyGongwer also lets update your username, password and email address as you wish.
  • The ability to receive a customized email alert when Gongwer publishes a story including keywords of your choice. This helps identify articles that reference issues, organizations or people you want to track.

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Planning Your Schedule
  • The Day Planner that includes the upcoming day’s legislative committee meetings; agency, board and commission meetings; and other events like fundraisers, news conferences, speeches and conventions.
  • Legislative Committee Schedules: Each Friday when the Legislature is in session, a list of the next week’s committee meetings.
  • The Agency Calendar: The last day of the month, you will receive a list of the following month’s board, commission and agency meetings.
  • The Event Planner: Every other Monday, a list of all upcoming political fundraisers, news conferences and other major events.
  • All Gongwer calendars are updated continuously online, allowing you immediate access to newly-scheduled events.

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Tools to Do Your Job
  • The Rules Report: Each Friday, a summary of all activity on administrative rules.
  • Correspondence Tools: Easily sort and contact legislators via email or mail. Gongwer helps you target your communications down to the level of committees and committee caucuses with just a single click.
  • Upload your organizational logo to produce professional caliber status reports and schedules.
  • An unmatched searchable archive to 1993. Unlike other services, when you search Gongwer’s archives, you get results with individual stories, not an entire day’s report that you then have to search to find the information you need.
  • Pocket directories: Our popular tri-fold directory with the list of all House, Senate and congressional members, their party affiliation, office location and phone number as well as departmental information.
  • Lawmaker and public official biographies: Detailed biographical and contact information for key players in state government.
  • Candidate biographies and election resources: In election years, Gongwer collects and publishes the biographies of all candidates for state and federal office in Michigan. Our election database also offers years of data on election results, candidates and more.

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Interested in another function or service you don't see listed? Contact us at (517) 482-3500 or gongwer@gongwer.com with a suggestion or recommendation.


Subscribing to Gongwer

Access to all Gongwer services is included in the base subscription rate. Subscribers are not required to sign long-term contracts, giving you the ability to obtain information as needed.

See how Gongwer can bring you the state's most trusted, accurate and timely government information with a free two-week, no-obligation trial subscription to the Michigan Report and/or our similar services in Ohio.

Need Gongwer in both states? Contact us to find out about our multi-state subscription discount.

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What makes Gongwer different?
  • Independence: Gongwer is an independent service with a staff possessing decades of reporting experience. Our staff has backgrounds in journalism, not lobbying or politics, and has sole control of all content appearing in Gongwer products. Gongwer publishes original reporting and does not copy and paste organizational news releases.
  • Trust: Gongwer readers subscribe because they can trust that the information we publish is accurate.
  • Timeliness: Gongwer generally publishes each day’s report before 8 p.m., so unlike other publications, you won’t have to stay up late or wait until the next morning to read our products. And Gongwer regularly emails out News Updates during the day on breaking news, so you won’t have to wait until the evening for the latest information.
  • Flexibility: Gongwer does not require contracts, eliminating the likelihood of paying for services that don't meet your needs.
  • In-depth: Besides covering daily happenings in state government and politics, Gongwer also provides in-depth features and enterprise stories to expose what’s happening behind the scenes.

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The Gongwer story

Charles Scott Gongwer was a Mansfield, Ohio, native who had worked as a political reporter for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and Cleveland Press before moving to Columbus, Ohio, as a Statehouse correspondent for several newspapers.

In 1906, he decided to form his own company. He saw a need for a detailed, timely, and, above all, independent account of state government activity.

Mr. Gongwer responded to that need with what was then called the Gongwer Legislative Information Service. He could not have known the company that initially relied on little more than a typewriter and postage stamps would become the nation’s longest-operating news service focused solely on state government and political news.

While the equipment that Mr. Gongwer used have long since been replaced by computers, websites, and databases, what remains unchanged at Gongwer News Service is the founder’s commitment to providing readers with the most comprehensive, accurate, timely, and balanced coverage available.

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