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Assistant Features Editor and Social Good Writer — Mashable
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Covers:  Digital Culture, Writing And Publishing, Social Good, Innovation, Online Activism, Green Tech, Viral Philanthropy, Social Justice

Assistant features editor at Mashable, also writing longform and social good.

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 publish, while continuing to write longform articles and cover social good. He previously worked as a features writer.

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

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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 10 Countries Most Affected by Hunger — Time is dwindling to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations' blueprint to tackle an array of large-scale global problems by a target date of 2015. One of those goals, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, has seen progress, but there's still work to be done.

Animals Can Experience the Uncanny Valley — In 2009, researchers at Princeton University showed macaque monkeys three images of their species: a real photograph, an unrealistic computer rendering and a detailed digital caricature. The monkeys, which normally coo and smack their lips when they interact in real life, looked inquisitively at the photographs and renderings for extended periods of time.

Your Next Psychologist May Prescribe 'The Legend of Zelda' — When Carly McCullar, 32, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as an adult, she wanted to improve her social and communication skills before heading into the next stage of her life. Never having received such help before, she volunteered to participate in a unique treatment program: virtual reality.

The 10 Most Charitable Cities in the U.S. — Salt Lake City, Memphis and Birmingham are the most charitable cities in the U.S., according to a new study. The Chronicle of Philanthropy published its annual " How America Gives" special report on Sunday, and found that these metropolitan areas had the highest percentages of gross income given to charity in 2012.

New Media Experiment Lets You Vote What News Reporters Cover — What would your city look like if humans had never settled there? How did your region's accent develop, and how has it evolved? And what's really sitting at the bottom of that river? These questions - thoughts that likely run through your brain every day - are exactly what powers Curious City, a crowd-driven, multimedia "news experiment."

Why Women Haven't Won a Physics Nobel Prize in 50 Years — Throughout her life, theoretical physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer was asked why girls should even bother studying science. She often answered with a question of her own: "Do girls only have to learn how to read just to study cookbooks?"

These U.S. States Have the Greenest Commuters — The majority of workers across the U.S. still commute by personal car, but residents of certain states take greener means of transportation, including public transit, walking, biking or carpooling. While technically a federal district and not a state, Washington, D.C. has the greenest commuters in the country, according to the U.S.

Women Are Vastly Underrepresented in On-Screen Workforce, Study Finds — Hopefully you've already heard of the Bechdel test, which asks if a film (or, really, any work of fiction) meets three criteria: There are two or more female characters with names, they talk to each other and the topic of conversation is about something other than a man.

6 Games That Will Give You a New Perspective — Video games offer their players a form of escape - you can explore new worlds, achieve superhuman feats, and totally transcend the laws of space and time. While escape can be healthy in moderation, certain games offer something even more meaningful: a new perspective.

Social Good Summit — Held at the heart of UN week, the Social Good Summit is where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. Join us in person. Join us online. September 22-24, 2013 F...
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Oct 25, 2014

Berryman on Yeats: “I gave him a Craven A and then lit it for him, and I thought, Immortality is mine!”

Oct 25, 2014

Researchers are using drones to fight malaria in Malaysia, via detailed mapping:

Oct 24, 2014

@evanengel @lorenzoFB @DhiyaKuriakose I’m still trying to wrap my head around why they included Cult of Mac on a social good pitch

Oct 24, 2014

“Eventually Ebola will go. But we will still be here.” Surviving Ebola in Liberia brings heartache and hardship:

Oct 23, 2014

Up-to-date info on Ebola case in NYC: Bottom line: No need to panic, v. difficult to contract, Bellevue well-prepped

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