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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. @socialgood

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.

Stolen childhood: Why one Syrian refugee boy is at work instead of school — Editor's note: Corinna Robbins is the multimedia projects manager at Mercy Corps. Hammoudi's deep brown eyes were the first thing I noticed when I met him in his family's tent in Lebanon. They stare out from a boyish face, freckled and apple-cheeked.

Meet the millionaire music executive helping the wrongfully convicted — The doormat outside Flom's apartment on the 67th floor of a Midtown Manhattan highrise stands out with big, black letters: "OH SHIT NOT YOU AGAIN." Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows let the natural light flood in, even on a foggy Friday afternoon, with views of the Hudson River to the west and Central Park to the north.

The resilience of rhinos: Photos capture the world's real-life unicorns — If you want to support rhino conservation, the following organizations could use your help. Two years ago, award-winning wildlife filmmakers and Great Plains Conservation founders Beverly and Dereck Joubert teamed up with &Beyond, a prominent experiential travel company, to launch Rhinos without Borders.

Joe Biden announces major new steps in his fight for better cancer research — Vice President Joe Biden is more optimistic today than he has ever been in his entire career - and he's certain we're on the cusp of of unprecedented scientific and technological breakthroughs that can change the fight against cancer.

'Give them back their childhood': Why education is crucial for refugee children — When the harrowing photo of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi's lifeless body went viral in 2015, it galvanized the world to start paying attention and talk about the refugee crisis with earnest. One year later, public discourse on refugees is arguably more frequent and nuanced - but the crisis is far from over.

'Human Kind' short films offer a moving glimpse into the lives of refugee families — Mashable Debuts exclusively premieres music, videos, artwork, trailers and more. You saw it here first! We know the crisis in numbers: 65.3 million people forcibly displaced around the world, 21.3 million refugees fleeing conflict and persecution across international borders.

Endangered chimps retire from medical research and get a fancy new home — A group of nine female chimpanzees just took a 16-hour road trip of a lifetime. Jennifer, Charisse, Buttercup, Latricia, Samira, Gertrude, Emma, Genesis and Gracie have spent their lives as scientific research subjects at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. Now they're retired, due to the phasing-out of invasive medical research on chimpanzees across the U.S.

When a rare syndrome renders girls voiceless, tech helps them speak again — When 13-year-old Nathalia Lawlor was born, she seemed perfectly healthy, moving and babbling like any other baby. But at around six or seven months, she started to lose her coordination and ability to move. Once able to grasp small objects, she could no longer pick up pieces of food from her plate.

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.
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Oct 27, 2016

RT @socialgood: Apple's new accessibility website uses video to show assistive tech in action:

Oct 26, 2016

Halloween attractions use mental illness to scare us. Here’s why advocates say it must stop.

Oct 22, 2016

RT @socialgood: Meet Dot, the new children's show character inspiring girls to embrace tech

Oct 20, 2016

Joe Biden gets permission to drive a Corvette, immediately does a burnout

Oct 20, 2016

"Who are you?" "I am Unique.” "Why are you here, Unique?" "Because I broke barriers.”

Oct 20, 2016

@sophieloaphie Thanks, to my favorite #programmanager. (I don’t know any other program managers.)

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