Mary Jo Melone
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Mary Jo MeloneJune 16, 2016

Driving I-4 through Orlando, you see them. The billboards proclaim what is now ho-hum in this country. #OrlandoStrong #LoveOrlando #PrayforOrlando Add this to the list, please. #AmericaSickandTired Have you noticed the phrase “take him out” is now part of our everyday language? We are accustomed to terms like “SWAT team,” “active shooter,” “on lockdown,” “armored […]

Mary Jo MeloneJune 2, 2016

The coals in the backyard grill are cold, and the beer cans have been recycled. The patriotic songs are over, and the hyper-inflated political speeches are done. Memorial Day has passed. There is no more contradictory day on the calendar, no day when so much oratorical fiction replaces those disturbances called facts. Here’s what we […]

Mary Jo MeloneMay 19, 2016

The book “Writing News for Broadcast,” published in 1971, taught me how to write. Avoid adjectives. Use the details that reveal, and that means not many. Sharpen your language, or delete it. Don’t write to be clever or to impress. Be clear. Be humane. Have empathy. Have an ear for language. Morley Safer, who retired […]


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