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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 ...

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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.

How 'coming out' has evolved, and why it still matters — "For years, I've been open with many people about my sexual orientation," Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a powerful personal essay, published Thursday in Businessweek. "Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I'm gay, and it doesn't seem to make a difference in the way they treat me."

The 10 Countries Most Affected by Hunger — Time is dwindling to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations' blueprint to tackle an array of large-scale global problems by a target date of 2015. One of those goals, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, has seen progress, but there's still work to be done.

Animals Can Experience the Uncanny Valley — In 2009, researchers at Princeton University showed macaque monkeys three images of their species: a real photograph, an unrealistic computer rendering and a detailed digital caricature. The monkeys, which normally coo and smack their lips when they interact in real life, looked inquisitively at the photographs and renderings for extended periods of time.

Your Next Psychologist May Prescribe 'The Legend of Zelda' — When Carly McCullar, 32, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as an adult, she wanted to improve her social and communication skills before heading into the next stage of her life. Never having received such help before, she volunteered to participate in a unique treatment program: virtual reality.

The 10 Most Charitable Cities in the U.S. — Salt Lake City, Memphis and Birmingham are the most charitable cities in the U.S., according to a new study. The Chronicle of Philanthropy published its annual " How America Gives" special report on Sunday, and found that these metropolitan areas had the highest percentages of gross income given to charity in 2012.

New Media Experiment Lets You Vote What News Reporters Cover — What would your city look like if humans had never settled there? How did your region's accent develop, and how has it evolved? And what's really sitting at the bottom of that river? These questions - thoughts that likely run through your brain every day - are exactly what powers Curious City, a crowd-driven, multimedia "news experiment."

Why Women Haven't Won a Physics Nobel Prize in 50 Years — Throughout her life, theoretical physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer was asked why girls should even bother studying science. She often answered with a question of her own: "Do girls only have to learn how to read just to study cookbooks?"

These U.S. States Have the Greenest Commuters — The majority of workers across the U.S. still commute by personal car, but residents of certain states take greener means of transportation, including public transit, walking, biking or carpooling. While technically a federal district and not a state, Washington, D.C. has the greenest commuters in the country, according to the U.S.

Women Are Vastly Underrepresented in On-Screen Workforce, Study Finds — Hopefully you've already heard of the Bechdel test, which asks if a film (or, really, any work of fiction) meets three criteria: There are two or more female characters with names, they talk to each other and the topic of conversation is about something other than a man.

6 Games That Will Give You a New Perspective — Video games offer their players a form of escape - you can explore new worlds, achieve superhuman feats, and totally transcend the laws of space and time. While escape can be healthy in moderation, certain games offer something even more meaningful: a new perspective.
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Oct 30, 2014

@anniecolbert I’m going to need to see some metrics behind the phrase “I win” thanks

Oct 29, 2014

RT @mhess4: A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s plane was identified for the first time since it vanished 77 yrs ago:

Oct 27, 2014

Oct 27, 1904: NYC opens its first subway line, but fails to live up to “From City Hall to Harlem in 15 seconds.”

Oct 27, 2014

“I am ready for enormity.” Plath would’ve turned 82 today. Imagine the things she would've written, had she lived.

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