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Social Good Editor — Mashable
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Social Good Editor at Mashable.

Matt Petronzio's Biography

Matt Petronzio is the Social Good Editor at Mashable, a leading source of news, information and resources for the connected generation. Based at the New York City headquarters, he leads coverage surrounding social impact, humanitarianism and world-changing innovation. He previously worked as the assistant features editor.

Prior to joining Mashable in January 2012, Matt worked for Guernica Magazine, W. W. Norton & Company and CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art ...

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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.

Cecil the Lion's death opens question of why illegal poaching of protected animals is still so common

mashable.com — Cecil the lion, a popular safari attraction in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park for tourists and locals alike, was lured out of his protected habitat with bait before American dentist Walter Palmer shot him with a bow and arrow on July 1. Cecil survived for 40 hours before he was shot with a rifle, skinned and decapitated.
Aug 01, 2015

Why illegal poaching of protected animals is still so common: mashable.com/2015/08/01/poa…

Aug 02, 2015

Cecil the Lion's death opens question of why illegal poaching of protected animals is still so common. mashable.com/2015/08/01/poa… via @mashable

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Women find a way out of poverty by translating for the sick

mashable.com — When she was only six years old, Maria Vertkin had to become the voice of her Russian Jewish family. She was the one who spoke English the best. She remembers having to translate medical information for her parents - an enormous, potentially dangerous responsibility for someone so young.
Aug 01, 2015

RT @mashable: Inspiring women get out of poverty by translating for the sick in hospitals. on.mash.to/1LWp9Uv

Aug 01, 2015

Fantastic program helps pull women out of poverty by helping hospitals translate for sick patients. on.mash.to/1LWp9Uv via @mashable

Aug 01, 2015

RT @moorehn: Fantastic program helps pull women out of poverty by helping hospitals translate for sick patients. on.mash.to/1LWp9Uv via @mashable

Aug 02, 2015

How bilingual and migrant women are beating poverty as medical interpreters on.mash.to/1JYxoLj pic.twitter.com/V9Niv0ygcH

Jimmy Kimmel's tears about Cecil the Lion raise $150,000 for wildlife research

mashable.com — Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had one hope when he heard about the hunter who killed Cecil the Lion in Africa: please don't be an American." When it turned out that the big-game hunter who committed the "disgusting tragedy" was indeed an American - Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota - Kimmel ended his emotional monologue with another hope : "let's show the world that not all Americans are like this jackhole."
Jul 30, 2015

RT @mashable: Jimmy Kimmel's tears about Cecil the Lion raise $150,000 for wildlife research on.mash.to/1JU4tbs pic.twitter.com/Wt0K6oddpl

Jul 30, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel's tears about Cecil the Lion raise $150,000 for wildlife research mashable.com/2015/07/30/cec… via @mashable

Jul 31, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel's tears about Cecil the Lion raise $150,000 for wildlife research mashable.com/2015/07/30/cec…

Who needs college? Two young entrepreneurs start a movement

mashable.com — If you thought millennials were an overscheduled generation, wait until you see the members of Gen Y who are already turning you in an underachiever. Start with Jared Kleinert and Stacey Ferreira, who are in the flower of their post-adolescence but already have careers most Silicon Valley geeks would kill for.
Jul 27, 2015

A movement convinces people under 20 to change the world. So proud of my friends @StaceyFerreira & Jared! mashable.com/2015/07/27/2-b…

The best and worst U.S. states for people with disabilities

mashable.com — The Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability, turns 25 on Sunday. The Americans With Disabilities Act has helped countless people by improving accessibility and curbing discrimination, but its existence does not mean equality has been achieved.

Wikipedia's founder creates cellphone company to fix the world

mashable.com — A new venture spearheaded by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales wants you to use your cellphone bill for social good. Wales announced the launch of The People's Operator (TPO) in the U.S. on Tuesday, a new mobile carrier that automatically donates 10% of your bill to a charity or cause of your choice.
Jul 21, 2015

RT @mashable: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has an idea: why don't you use 10% of your cellphone bill for charity? His new company: on.mash.to/1Ovuxha

Jul 21, 2015

RT @mashbusiness: This new cellphone company promises to use your monthly bills for charity. on.mash.to/1RNVLFe pic.twitter.com/9pUMr6mB61

Here are the best ways to help people suffering in Greece

mashable.com — Greece may have reached an agreement for a historic bailout, preventing the country from spiraling into further chaos, but that doesn't mean Greeks are in the clear. After years of austerity measures following the global recession in 2008, Greece remains in the middle of a humanitarian crisis, and it might not even receive bailout money until mid-August.
Jul 16, 2015

It’s hard for people outside Greece to find ways to help. These 14 orgs are making a difference & can use support: on.mash.to/1JkuYX8

Jul 17, 2015

If you're looking to help, here are 14 charities that care for people suffering in Greece on.mash.to/1OhDnPk pic.twitter.com/QLSEFllqAZ

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Nike launches cool new sneaker for people with disabilities

mashable.com — Nearly three years after Matthew Walzer, who has cerebral palsy, wrote a viral letter asking Nike for more accessible footwear, the company has announced a new sneaker with people with disabilities in mind.
Jul 15, 2015

This story about Nike's sneaker for disabilities is even better with calm, beautiful writing voice of @mattpetronzio mashable.com/2015/07/15/nik…

Jul 15, 2015

3 yrs ago I wrote about a teen w/ cerebral palsy who wanted more accessible sneakers. This week, Nike made it happen: on.mash.to/1HufYI8

Jul 15, 2015

Nike debuts sneaker w/ disabled ppl in mind, following letter from teen with cerebral palsy. mashable.com/2015/07/15/nik… pic.twitter.com/czKzwpINzN

Grexit or no, Greece's charities prepare for the worst

mashable.com — Two years ago, a man named Mr. Panayotis left his home in the Greek provinces in shame. No longer able to support himself or his family due to the country's deteriorating financial crisis, he set off to make things right. His plan: Embark on a boat to the U.S.
Jul 12, 2015

RT @mashable: Charities in Greece aren't waiting for a #grexit. At soup kitchens and immigrant centers, things are already bad. on.mash.to/1M43LxZ

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Guitar signed by Grateful Dead raises $526,000 for charity

mashable.com — Bill Rathburn of Dallas, Texas, walked away with a piece of music history last weekend. Rathburn, a devoted fan of the Grateful Dead, scored something that most Deadheads dream of.
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Aug 02, 2015

How bilingual and migrant women are beating poverty as medical interpreters on.mash.to/1JYxoLj pic.twitter.com/V9Niv0ygcH

Aug 02, 2015

By changing our language around suicide, we can help reduce some of the shame carried by survivors: bit.ly/1JESO4j

Jul 29, 2015

RT @pankmagazine: Our notification of resignation, effective as of the end of 2015. 1 last print issue, 2 final online issues to come. PANK loves you.

Jul 29, 2015

Looking for freelance writers of color for Mashable's @socialgood section. Get in touch! twitter.com/moorehn/status…

Jul 29, 2015

“Mashable has also reached out to the National Pigeon Association for their thoughts on this issue…” on.mash.to/1H0v4S0

Jul 28, 2015

@moorehn Today I was pitched in the form of a poem, which included subtle uses of phrasing taken from several of my own published poems.



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