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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.

Your day job could help tackle the black male achievement gap — There has been no shortage of discussions about race issues in America over the past several months, from the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag to the uproar over the lack of diversity in major awards to Larry Wilmore's new show on Comedy Central.

What makes someone a good advice columnist? — Amy Dickinson doesn't think herself a know-it-all, and she doesn't pretend to be. That's why she's so good at her job. She's been a popular advice columnist for " Ask Amy" for more than a decade. She's funny, self-aware and more open than you'd ever expect.

This cozy Danish custom could help cure your winter blues — A couple of months ago, as the weather started getting cold in New York and I began my annual ritual of wondering why I live here, I received an email from my friend. The subject line read, "Sat, Nov. 22: Hygge Party!"

90% of Americans more likely to trust brands that back social causes — If your brand doesn't support social causes, it's missing out on a huge audience. Consumers don't just like when companies incorporate social good into their business models - they've come to expect it, whether it's through corporate social responsibility (CSR), cause marketing or "good" content.

The trick is to treat homeless people like any other tenant — By the end of 2014, homelessness in the U.S. hit several records - but that's no cue to celebrate. The number of homeless children is at an all-time high, as is the overall homeless population in New York, the nation's most populous city. Across the globe, an estimated 100 million people are homeless.

How smallpox killed more than 23,000 soldiers between 1870 and 1871 — Katerina Athanasopoulou has tracked Argonauts through outer space, turned a gasworks plant into an infanticidal mother, and even shaped a love story between a merman and a woman trapped in a twisted fairytale. In her latest work the London-based animation artist more or less stays in our world.

3 young girls are the newest faces of health and empowerment — Deborah Kelly has been an artist since "the dawn of time." Well, she's been making collage-based images since she was a schoolgirl in the 1970s. "Isn't that pretty well forever?" she says.

These lively GIFs teach the world about safe vaccine transport — The less sexy a story, the better suited for Christoph Niemann. The visual storyteller is best known for his " Abstract Sunday" column in The New York Times and his covers for The New Yorker.

Only 11% of Silicon Valley executives are women — Gender inequality in Silicon Valley is no secret. The tech scene is often criticized for its gender gap in pay - research shows that men with graduate or professional degrees earn 73% more than women with the same credentials. But it extends beyond salary - women are drastically underrepresented in Silicon Valley leadership positions, too.

The 10 most charitable nations in the world — Generosity is universal, and people across the globe participate in charitable giving. That said, there are certain countries whose residents rise above the rest when it comes to giving behavior. According to the World Giving Index 2014, published in November by the Charities Aid Foundation, Myanmar and the United States topped the list of most charitable nations, based on donations, volunteer work and helping strangers.
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Jan 26, 2015

America’s current maternity policy has nothing to do w/ families and everything to do w/ politics: (by @rebecca_ruiz)

Jan 26, 2015

RT @YohanaDesta: Women of color in STEM are often: mistaken for janitors, labeled "crazy," and forced to prove competency…

Jan 24, 2015

“A woman being able to have an ale…is nice, but equal pay is more important.” McSorley’s very first female customer:

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