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New York, NY
Assistant Features Editor and Social Good Writer — Mashable
As seen in:  Mashable
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.

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Why did you become a journalist?

Money and fame, naturally.

7 essential MOOCs for budding social entrepreneurs — Starting a business to make the world a better place is a worthy and even fashionable idea. But what does creating a social enterprise really entail, and what skills should you have under your belt before you jump in? Aspiring social entrepreneurs can find comfort and knowledge in MOOCs, or massive open online courses.

10 countries with the most people living in modern slavery — An estimated 35.8 million men, women and children are currently trapped in modern slavery around the world, according to a recent report - 71% of which live in just 10 countries. The 2014 Global Slavery Index, published by the Walk Free Foundation, analyzed the state of slavery, forced labor and human trafficking in 167 countries worldwide.

How to find volunteer work online — There's an infinite number of worthy causes and organizations eager to have volunteers, but if you're just getting started, it can be difficult - even discouraging - to weed through all the options. Luckily, many sites and platforms can help you find the best volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and skills.

Refusing silence: Black poets protest and mourn in verse — "I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people. I have a right to be angry." Hundreds of black poets across the U.S. have read these words in videos, written them in blog posts and recorded them on audio before they showcase a poem to assert that black lives matter.

Giving Tuesday 2014 sees record year in online donations — Giving Tuesday, the global movement of giving back after consumer-driven holidays Black Friday and Cyber Monday, saw its most successful year yet on Tuesday, according to early metrics. Nonprofit solutions firm Blackbaud, which has provided the Giving Tuesday partners with donation data since the day was founded in 2012, processed $26,183,217.42 in online donations from 4,396 unique nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

Why do people have different laughs? — Laughter may be contagious, but sometimes it sounds like we all have different strains. Think of those famous, trademark laughs - Fran Drescher's nasally titter, Eddie Murphy's breathless guffaw, Nick Offerman's unexpected giggle. Now, think of your own. They're all different, as if dialects or accents from across the geography of laughter.

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014 — These aren't just gadgets that charge your devices faster or "groundbreaking" apps - they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the world. From mind-controlled exoskeletons to solar-powered toilets that turn waste into biofuel, here are 14 innovations that address some of the most important issues of our time.

Majority of global population agrees Internet access is a human right — The United Nations Human Rights Council officially declared Internet access and online freedom of expression a human right in July 2012. According to the results of an extensive survey published this week, the majority of the world's citizens agree.

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.
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Dec 17, 2014

Claudia Rankine commands an absolute hush over St. Mark's sanctuary while she reads from CITIZEN at @poetry__project

Dec 17, 2014

“What a privilege, to concern yourself with seeming good while the rest of us want to seem worthy of life.”

Dec 16, 2014

We can't keep saying, "Is 2014 over yet?" A new year isn't going to magically bring change. We need to bring the change.

Dec 16, 2014

"I will never forget the black boots approaching me—I felt as though it was death that was approaching me."… #Peshawar

Dec 16, 2014

“What is being protested is not a one-off…It’s an enemy we know like the backs of our very own hands.” —Tracy K Smith

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