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New York, NY
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.

6 spring break alternatives to help you change the world — Spring break is a time-honored college tradition that isn't complete without the beach, booze and bumming around, right? Not necessarily. If you're looking to spend your week off making a difference in the world, there are plenty of social justice-focused programs that will help foster positive change with your plane ticket.

Love the skin you're in: 9 uplifting body-positive blogs — Among the fashion, entertainment and media industries, body-shaming and impossible beauty standards are exceedingly commonplace. But bloggers are fighting back. Using platforms like Tumblr, an important intersection for young people and issues of social justice, bloggers are changing the conversation and showing it's possible to love the skin you're in.

7 easy ways to champion body positivity — During National Eating Disorder Awareness and Body Positivity Week, there are a number of easy ways you can get involved and foster important body image conversation for the rest of the year. From supporting worthwhile organizations to leaving life-affirming Post-it notes in public places, you can help dispel the stigma surrounding how men and women view their bodies, and inspire positive change in the process.

'Healthy masculinity training' asks what it means to be a man of strength — No PowerPoints; no lectures. Only storytelling and conversation. That was the underlying mantra of the Healthy Masculinity Training Institute, which took place in New York City Feb. 18-20 through the organization Men Can Stop Rape. Participants of the three-day conference discussed sexual violence, rape culture and how to confront negative male stereotypes, in order to create real change in their own communities.

Wearables for good: UNICEF Kid Power promotes fitness and saving lives — We use wearable technology for a number of reasons, whether it's to keep fit, stay connected or learn more about ourselves. Now, UNICEF is tapping into the power of wearables for social good by debuting a new youth-focused initiative. The UNICEF Kid Power program, which the U.S.

Does pacing back and forth actually help anxiety? — Maybe you're on a phone interview for the perfect job opportunity, or maybe your in-laws are due to show up any minute. To deal with these everyday stresses and anxieties, we often subconsciously pace back and forth with no destination or clear goal in mind.

The after-school special is over: How millennials want to talk about eating disorders today — Growing up, Jessie Kahnweiler thought she understood what addiction entailed: alcohol, drugs and sex, the vices that saturate our media. But for more than 10 years, she didn't realize she had her own type of addictive relationship - with food. Kahnweiler had an eating disorder.

6 of America's 10 most charitable donors have tech backgrounds — The United States' biggest philanthropists donated nearly $9.8 billion to nonprofits in 2014, and tech entrepreneurs were among the most charitable, according to a new report. The Chronicle of Philanthropy's 15th annual " Philanthropy 50" list, released earlier this month, compiles the 50 most generous donors of last year.

11 practical ways you can reduce food waste and save money — Food waste is a worldwide epidemic, and it's well past time the average person started fighting back. More than one-third of all food produced globally is wasted or spoiled. Americans throw away up to 40% of the food they buy, and organic matter in landfills provides 20% of all methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes considerably to climate change.

Only 40% of the global population live in free countries — Among war, terrorism, brutal dictatorships and other drops in democratic standards, the state of freedom worsened in nearly every part of the world in 2014, according to a new report. Discarding Democracy: A Return to the Iron Fist , published late last month by independent watchdog organization Freedom House, found an overall decline in political rights and civil liberties across the globe for the ninth year in a row.
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Mar 02, 2015

“It’s exhausting to have strangers view yr life as an up-for-grabs educational experience.” On interracial adoption:

Mar 02, 2015

Uber just launched a quarterly print magazine, because nothing makes sense anymore.

Mar 02, 2015

This is one of the greatest things I’ve read that shows the immense value poetry can have.

Mar 02, 2015

"Just don’t call it a blank slate.” People moving to Detroit are trying to change it. They say it's for the better.

Feb 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy wanted to show the world that there’s beauty to be found in different body types. (some photos #NSFW)

Feb 27, 2015

Richard Linklater in talks to direct film adaptation of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”

Feb 27, 2015

RT @Melanism: Leonard Nimoy's response to a letter from a biracial Star Trek fan who was getting bullied in 1968 #LLAP

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