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Assistant Features Editor and Social Good Writer — 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.

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.

Millennials experience depression at work more than any other generation, study finds — For the first time in history, five distinct generations - traditionalists, baby boomers, Gen X, millennials and Gen Z - will soon work side-by-side in the workplace. A new study shows they won't react to the same office environment in the same way.

How to give money to charity, not scams — Four American cancer charities allegedly misused $187 million in donations for personal luxuries, including cars, luxury cruises and concert tickets. It's the kind of news that strikes fear into the hearts of many people who have entrusted their dollars - and their consciences - to charity.

UN peacekeepers may lose immunity for sexual crimes — A new activist campaign from AIDS-Free World aims to make UN peacekeepers go to jail if they commit sexual crimes against people in the countries they're supposed to protect, The campaign, called Code Blue, seeks to establish measures for addressing sexual offenses by non-military peacekeepers: international civil servants, police, experts on missions and staff from UN agencies supporting those missions.

Ads will target Internet Week for Nepal donations — After a deadly magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, an aftershock of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people on April 25, relief organizations need more support than ever.

Finally, the adorable emoji for endangered animals can help conservation efforts — You probably use animal emoji every day - the dog to tell your mom about the adorable pup you saw on the sidewalk, the dolphin to tweet out your readiness for beach season, even the "speak no evil" monkey to show you can definitely keep a secret.

Nordic countries give a lot more help to other countries than the U.S., relatively — We already know Nordic countries are among the happiest nations in the world, provide some of the best environments for mothers and children, and are closer (but no cigar) in closing the gender gap. Now, a recent study shows they commit more of their gross national incomes to development aid, too.

New video game imitates symptoms of Alzheimer's — The heavy chime of a clock wakes you in a vaguely familiar living room. Scattered keepsakes on tables drop hints at the people who have passed through here, but you can't quite piece them together. The photos hanging on the walls capture smiling faces you don't wholly recognize, even if one of them is yours.

New 'walk-in comic book' uses augmented reality to show sexual assault survivors as heroes — When a young woman in New Delhi, India, was brutally gang-raped on a bus in December 2012, making international headlines, Ram Devineni wasn't going to stay silent. The filmmaker and artist marched in the streets alongside other protesters, calling for swift justice and systemic change to the all-too-common violence against women that plagues the country.

James Franco is McDonald's least likely defender — James Franco wrote a great ad for McDonald's as a great place to work in the Washington Post Thursday morning in a nostalgic op-ed about his days as a fast-food worker snarfing down fries straight from the hopper and testing out cute accents on customers. As a piece of business advice, however, it's horribly misguided.

New video platform Project UROK makes it OK for teens to talk about depression and anxiety — Mara Wilson, writer and performer who made her name as a child actress in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, is sitting in front of a gray screen, hair gathered in a messy bun, wearing a sweatshirt with a stylized cat face on it and a big blue pin that says "UROK."
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May 22, 2015

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill turns 20 in June. The impact it had/has on one writer:

May 22, 2015

“We shouldn’t give up on poetry, if only because we need a different public language to describe our country.”

May 21, 2015

RT @mashable: BREAKING: @MarilynMosbyEsq says Grand Jury has returned indictment against the 6 Baltimore Police officers charged in #FreddieGray case

May 21, 2015

Don’t let this week’s big charity scam prevent you from supporting good causes. A short guide for donors:

May 20, 2015

"Writing is a way of tricking yourself into recognizing something you would never recognize." —@chuckpalahniuk #MashReads

May 20, 2015

.@chuckpalahniuk talks about people wanting to use overwhelming stories instead of being used by them. #MashReads

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