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Matt Petronzio

New York, NY
Social Good Editor — Mashable
As seen in: Mashable
Covers:  philanthropy, digital culture, activism, innovation, social good

Social Good Editor at @Mashable, covering impact, activism, innovation. Moonlighting as a poet. Measuring out life with coffee spoons.

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.

How to take care of yourself in the wake of traumatic police shootings — When we bear witness to tragic events from afar, whether it's through social media or via cable news, it's easy to forget self-care. That's especially relevant this week, with the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and five Dallas police officers (with seven others wounded).

Facebook's latest feature helps you raise money for your favorite charity — Facebook just made it a lot easier for users to raise money for the causes they care about. Several months after the social network launched a new " fundraiser" feature for nonprofits to collect donations, Facebook announced it has expanded the tool to individual users. Starting Thursday, users in the U.S.

Half of world's CEOs say business is most crucial way to solve global issues — Companies aren't just tapping into sustainability initiatives to save face anymore - they're looking to change the world. A new study from the United Nations Global Compact, a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to sustainability and other U.N.

Riveting short film takes you under the sea in 360 degrees — Few people will get to visit eastern Indonesia's remote Bird's Head region, but a new immersive film brings the crystalline waters and exceptionally diverse marine life directly to you. Valen's Reef, a new 360-degree short film from environmental organization Conservation International, follows West Papuan fisherman-turned-conservationist Ronald Mambrasar and his 8-year-old son Valen as they explore the protected Bird's Head Seascape.

The makers of Sesame Street are bringing quality education to refugee children — A new partnership between Sesame Workshop, the brand's educational nonprofit, and global humanitarian aid organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) will allow the two groups to develop, distribute, and test educational resources and programs designed with young refugees in mind. The initiative, which will be announced Monday at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, is still in its early stages.

Google Glass Versus Apple's iWatch [SUNDAY COMICS] — Tech rivals Google and Apple both have exciting projects making headlines. Project Glass, Google's effort to create augmented reality glasses, should be available by the end of this year, while the iWatch, still considered an "alleged" Apple experiment, is expected to be profitable.

Joan Chen is 'Sky': New short film sends climate warning from the heavens — If you want to witness the impacts of climate change, just look up. Focused on global warming's effects on the atmosphere (and, as a result, the planet overall), a new short film from environmental organization Conservation International gives voice to the sky.

Endangered Hawaiian monk seals start journey home after rehab — ABOARD U.S. COAST GUARD HC-130 HERCULES - A U.S. Coast Guard airplane rumbled down an airstrip on Hawaii's Big Island, carrying hundreds of pounds of rare and precious cargo: seven endangered Hawaiian monk seals. Federal officials found most of the young animals malnourished late last year in the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the northernmost islands and atolls in the Hawaiian Islands chain.

UNICEF creates virtual child 'Sofia' using 500 photos of real children in conflict — There are currently 250 million children around the world living in countries affected by conflict, and half of the 19.5 million refugees globally are children. A new awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on them all - by focusing on one.

Refugee children paint the wars they've survived — On one of her first visits to Jordan during the current refugee crisis, Carolyn Miles met a 15-year-old Syrian boy whose words still stick with her today. Before his family fled Syria, he was in high school, and doing well there.
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Aug 25, 2016

Had this discussion with poet-friends a couple of weeks ago. We landed on Billy Collins. (But seriously, a good q.) 

Aug 25, 2016

@JasonAbbruzzese We’ll be analyzing Snoop Dogg (2012) vs. Snoop Dogg (2016) for years

Aug 25, 2016

Tickets just went on sale for @AtlasObscura’s “Into the Veil.” @liz_pierson and I covered the rad event last year 

Aug 25, 2016

@moorehn This kind of anxiety is very real to me — minus the exclamatory flourish.

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