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Social Good Editor — Mashable
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Covers:  philanthropy, digital culture, activism, innovation, social good

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.

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By email. It helps me prioritize, organize and respond promptly.

Why did you become a journalist?

Money and fame, naturally.

What it's like to come out as transgender to 2 million people via text message — Coming out as LGBT to friends and family is a huge step, and often a nerve-wracking experience. But imagine how daunting it would be to come out to more than 2 million people - via text. That's exactly what Freddie Bologno did Thursday morning.

Milestone year: A timeline of major LGBT victories — The Stonewall Riots, in which gay activists and bar patrons of Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn formed a resistance against a discriminatory police raid on June 28, 1969, are widely considered to have galvanized the modern LGBT rights movement in the United States and across the world.

A snapshot of the ethical taxidermy resurgence — Markham admits "ethical taxidermy" is a vague term. For her, it means it's according to her personal set of ethics. She doesn't eat anything that was raised in a small cage or tortured, so she refuses to work on anything raised that way, too.

Ivory DNA reveals Africa's elephant poaching hotspots, study finds — Despite 46 countries pledging to control the illegal ivory trade last year, elephant poaching is still occurring at an alarming rate. More than 20,000 elephants were killed for their tusks across Africa in 2014 (effectively unchanged from 2013), and reported ivory seizures are at their highest levels since 1989.

Scholarship seeks crowdfunding to send girls to video camp — Growing up in a part of Pakistan where girls weren't encouraged to look beyond marriage, Laila Shabir still learned how to program before she was a teenager. She built her first computer by age 12, and even set up her own middle school's payroll system.

Coca-Cola's new environmentally friendly bottle is made of plants — Coca-Cola ads declared "It's the Real Thing" in the 1970s; 40 years later, the company has announced its bottles will be, too. The beverage giant revealed a new Coke bottle made of 100% sugarcane plant materials at the Expo Milano food technology conference last week, as part of its larger push for more sustainable packaging.

How you can help the world's oceans stay pure and clean — Oceans may contain 97% of the Earth's water, but climate change, overfishing and other human impacts have thrown their health into decline. Only about 3% of the world's oceans are legally protected, yet we have proof that marine protected areas - where human activity is restricted - offer healthier ecosystems, increased biodiversity and even have the potential to increase gender equality in nearby communities, among other benefits.

Kid President starts first-ever 'Tell-A-Thon' for child hunger — One of YouTube's funniest and wisest kids is using his fame to spread awareness about an important topic: child hunger in the U.S. Robby Novak, better known as Kid President, is teaming up with ConAgra Foods to host a summer-long "Tell-A-Thon," encouraging people to tell others how child hunger in America increases during the summer, when kids no longer have access to free and reduced-price school meals.

These metallic tattoos remind you 1 in 3 people suffer dating abuse — Flash tattoos - the temporary body art inspired by metallic jewelry - are all the rage in 2015, whether you're at your favorite music festival or simply lounging by the pool. Now, a new campaign from helps you stay on trend and on topic - the topic of abusive relationships, that is.

Bangladeshi factory collapse leads to 40 murder charges — Bangladesh authorities filed murder charges against 41 people on Monday for their roles in the April 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex. The collapse killed more than 1,100 people and injured 2,500 in the worst industrial disaster the country has ever faced.
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Jul 02, 2015

RT @socialgood: What it's like to come out as transgender to 2 million people via text message

Jul 02, 2015

@christerickson You leave Mashable and NOW you’re doing tech reviews?

Jul 02, 2015

23-year-old NFL lineman and math genius John Urschel vs. @MaxKnoblauch, an average 23-year-old

Jul 02, 2015

After playing Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, breaking gender & racial barriers, Sonia Manzano is retiring

Jul 01, 2015

"Once you wanted to make your skin do magic.” Heartbreaking poem by a friend in the latest issue of @MadcapReview:

Jul 01, 2015

The fight for LGBT rights is far from over. Thoughtful piece from @katiedupere on what comes next:

Jun 30, 2015

Misty Copeland is the first black principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre via @YohanaDesta

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