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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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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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Why did you become a journalist?

Money and fame, naturally.

The global fight against malaria — In Africa, a child dies every minute from a mosquito bite. Malaria, a treatable disease caused by parasites spread through infected Anopheles mosquitoes, killed an estimated 453,000 children before their fifth birthdays in 2013, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization.

Global consumers say brands must be environmentally responsible — On Earth Day - annual celebration of our planet and much-needed reminder why we must protect it - we often focus on what individuals and international governments can do to make a difference. But what about brands? It's widely known that millennials, an increasingly important consumer base, would pay more for products that have a direct social impact.

Gripping photos of what's at stake — From experiencing the warmest start to the year on record to facing potentially drastic water supply shortfalls within the next 15 years, climate change is literally changing the face of the Earth - a face now worn and scarred. But losing hope is not an option.

State of the planet: 7 eye-opening facts for Earth Day — Earth recently hit several remarkable records - but not in a good way. The amount of carbon dioxide gas, a global warming pollutant, has risen to the highest level in at least 800,000 years. Monthly average Arctic sea ice extent in March was the lowest in the satellite record.

Leading nonprofits raised nearly $413 million online in 2014 — Finding success in the nonprofit space often depends on an organization's digital savviness. Especially when trying to reach a demographic that advocates for good causes with their dollars (hint, hint: millennials), navigating online donations and marketing tactics is essential. Luckily, it seems leading nonprofits are wising up, according to a new report.

The cookstove that could save 4 million lives per year — Growing up, Phil Ferranto never thought about how people cooked around the world. He took it for granted, like many of us do, thinking most people had access to some type of stove to feed their families.

This restaurant is run exclusively by migrant and refugee mothers — In Greece, food communicates kindness and hospitality. Visitors will commonly hear Eláte na fáte mazí mas: "Come eat with us." To garner that same spirit, as well as pay homage to her Greek roots, Nikandre Kopcke named her business after the phrase. Mazí Mas is a London-based pop-up restaurant collectively run by women from migrant and refugee communities.

How food impacts communities around the world — Food connects us, and at the same time helps shape our identity. That's the narrative Seattle-based photographer Michael Hanson tries to show in his ongoing series, Feeding 7 Billion. He documents food's scarcity and abundance, the communities and rituals that surround it, and how it affects our planet.

Bike-sharing is taking off around the world — The bicycle is en vogue. Over the past decade, an increasing number of cities around the world have adopted bike-sharing systems - the setup that allows urban dwellers to share bicycles for short-term amounts of time for a fee (think Citi Bike in New York City or Santander Cycles in London).

Homeless people are designing your next favorite T-shirt — When Matthew Wayne was eight years old, he and his family went to a San Diego art gallery showcasing work exclusively from homeless youth. One painting in particular caught his eye - the artist's name also happened to be Matthew.
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Political gridlock and poor infrastructure left Nepal particularly vulnerable to devastation:

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In 2013 UNDP’s Jo Scheuer said an earthquake in Kathmandu Valley was the nightmare scenario that kept him up at night

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@anniecolbert @Matt_Silverman When you say with your mom, do you mean “crying into a quart of ice cream” like I do?

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