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Assistant Features Editor and Social Good Writer — Mashable
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Covers:  philanthropy, digital culture, activism, innovation, social good

Assistant features editor at Mashable, also covering the social good beat.

Matt Petronzio's Biography

Matt Petronzio is the assistant features editor at Mashable, a leading source of news, information and resources for the connected generation. Based at the New York City headquarters, he helps guide the site’s features content from editing to publishing, while covering the social good beat and contributing to the narrative nonfiction program. He previously worked as a features writer.

Prior to Mashable, Matt worked for Guernica Magazine, W. W ...

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How is social media changing news?

People often break news via social media before media outlets. It can get messy, though; we should always aim to be right, not first.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

By email. It helps me prioritize, organize and respond promptly.

Why did you become a journalist?

Money and fame, naturally.

The charitable causes Americans care about most — As Giving Tuesday approaches on Dec. 2, marking the third annual global effort to kick off the holiday giving season, people around the world are deciding how to donate their money and time to causes, charities and nonprofits.

Global recession worsens outlook for youth in developed world — The economic decline observed in world markets since 2008, dubbed the "Great Recession," continues to have a negative effect on young adults' well-being, according to a recent study. UNICEF's " Children of the Recession" report, released in September, argues that youth living in developed countries have suffered from the recession the most, and will likely suffer the consequences for the longest.

16 slam-dunk holiday gifts that also give to charity — More than ever, consumers are looking to make more meaningful purchases. The majority of global shoppers, according to a recent Nielsen survey, would pay extra for items from companies committed to positive social impact. If you want to make a difference with your dollar, start with the gifts you give to friends and family.

10 developing countries most dependent on remittances — The lasting impact of remittances, or money that migrant workers send to family members and other individuals in their home countries, is a complicated topic. Remittances are often one of the most substantial sources of financial flows to developing countries, rivaling international aid, but whether they further actual economic growth is debated among experts.

Millennials aren't as self-obsessed as you think — This argument isn't new: Millennials, or those born between 1980 and the mid-'90s, are lazy, apathetic, entitled, narcissistic - the "Selfie Generation," too obsessed with technology to make lasting, meaningful connections. But as most millennials will tell you, those are exceedingly unfair generalizations. Gen Y does care.

Movember has raised more than $500 million since 2004 — Movember's premise is simple enough: Shave your mustache on Nov. 1, grow it out and groom it through Nov. 30, and raise awareness and money for men's health at the same time.

Talk to a therapist ... in public and in the middle of Fifth Avenue — At the busy Manhattan intersection of Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street are two transparent, inflatable domes shaped like igloos. Inside one, a young woman sits alone in a wooden armchair, with an ornate floor lamp, a box of tissues and a framed photo of a tropical sunset on the table beside her.

5 Chrome extensions that make charity effortless — You probably only donate to charity a few times a year, at most - around holidays, in response to tragedies or maybe just when you finally think of it. Doing your part is both impactful and rewarding, but sometimes it can be discouraging to try to find the right cause, then fill out a lengthy form with your personal and financial information.

What are Death With Dignity laws? — Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman from California, chose to die on Saturday. She had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer on Jan. 1, when she was given a prognosis of six months to live. Wishing to die on her own terms rather than by aggressive cancer, she moved to Oregon, one of only a handful of states with Death With Dignity laws.

10 countries where gender equality is closer to reality — In order to push gender equality forward, we need to measure and track gender gaps over time. That's precisely the goal of the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s annual Global Gender Gap Index, which published its latest report last week.
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Nov 26, 2014

This Black Friday could merge labor fights for economic justice w/ social justice fights for human & civil rights

Nov 26, 2014

How a schoolteacher — and her friends — helped create Franklin, the first black Peanuts character in 1968:

Nov 25, 2014

This interactive graphic shows the American counties that struggle most with hunger: (h/t @AlexJamesFitz)

Nov 25, 2014

Jacqueline Woodson: “Change sometimes comes too slow for a lot of us. But it comes.” (Timely read, via @michelledean)

Nov 25, 2014

RT @heyitsfranklin2: This To Kill A Mockingbird passage was written in 1960 but it is still so incredibly relevant today. #Ferguson

Nov 25, 2014

“As has always been the case throughout history, the subjugated have had to be nobler.” —@rgay

Nov 25, 2014

RT @iSmashFizzle: Ferguson schools are closed today, but @fergusonlibrary is open. Books and reading save lives. Please donate here:

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