Matt Petronzio on Muck Rack

Matt Petronzio Verified

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 ...

Read Full Bio →

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.

Coding and creativity could conquer the digital divide — LONDON - Technology has an image problem. That's what Belinda Parmar, CEO and founder of Little Miss Geek and Lady Geek, said in a panel at the +SocialGood UK conference in London on Friday.

Ironically, offline Internet could help bridge the digital divide — Entrepreneurs, nonprofits and governments have tried for years to come up with a plausible way to bridge the digital divide, the gap between communities with access to digital technology and those without. But despite noteworthy efforts, none has offered a global solution.

7 incredibly simple inventions that are changing the world — The world's most pressing issues need smart solutions, but that doesn't necessarily mean high-tech. While various cutting-edge innovations, such as mind-controlled robotic body suits and microchip drug delivery, are improving the lives of people across the globe, there are also a number of equally impactful inventions with little-to-no electronics.

5 remarkable inventions improving water quality across the globe — The world's water crisis is still in full force. Approximately 750 million people around the world still lack access to safe, drinkable water - 90% of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, according to the World Health Organization's latest statistics.

805 million people are still experiencing hunger worldwide — The fight against hunger - the " world's most solvable problem" - is far from over. While the number of people suffering from hunger across the globe has seen a dramatic decline over the past two decades, and international food prices are falling, there are still 805 million people who cannot lead a healthy life due to lack of food.

How one teenage girl is using film to fight child sex trafficking — Rebecca Dharmapalan's parents always called her a rebel without a cause. Growing up in Oakland, California - the birthplace of the Black Panther Movement, parts of the Free Speech and Disability Rights Movements, and more recent movements like Occupy Oakland - she was constantly surrounded by an activist culture, but wasn't sure where to jump in.

Tampons that change the world, one period at a time — "Welcome to the store for vaginas." These are the confident and unapologetic words that greet you when you visit the website for SHEVA, a startup that sells feminine hygiene products for a cause. The branding, which includes a woman in a classic Rosie the Riveter pose holding a box of Playtex tampons, dispels menstrual stigma and promotes women's empowerment with every click.

7 immersive data visualizations that track global health trends — As big data evolves, data visualizations can help turn the most convoluted facts and figures into clear stories, aiding further research efforts and promoting awareness around important issues. For public health issues, specifically, data viz helps viewers and researchers alike digest medical information, track trends and outbreaks of diseases, and - ultimately - get closer to much-needed cures.

6 everyday products you didn't know harm the environment — Next time you look under your bathroom sink, you might just find a number of everyday items that are ruining the planet. Many products we use to stay clean and healthy are actually harming the environment, animal life and - ultimately - us, too.

The Queen of Jordan: Social media can show an Arab world beyond ISIS — Over the past 16 years, Queen Rania of Jordan has become a champion of women's rights, a vocal proponent of education in the Arab world and a strong voice for peace in the Middle East. And while some associate royalty with stuffy traditions and secrecy, Queen Rania isn't afraid to Instagram a pic of herself eating a burger to kick off the weekend.
More Articles →
Mar 28, 2015

@rodneyschwartz Sorry I couldn't meet up at drinks—had to wrap up a few things. Great to meet you as well!

Mar 27, 2015

RT @mashable: The +SocialGood UK event has begun. Follow along with the day's events through our live stream: #2030NOW

Mar 26, 2015

Wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest numbers in 22 years of people seeking asylum globally

Are You a Journalist?

Make a Portfolio

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.


For instructions on how to pitch Matt Petronzio, email

Share This Profile