Communications Lead, News Programs

  • Planet
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Aug 12, 2020

Job Description

Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

About the Role:  

Planet is seeking a creative data journalist or analyst with project management experience. This person will lead Planet’s news team and be charged with placing Planet’s imagery and data in earned media stories that support our corporate objectives and revenue goals. This person will coordinate with teams of data visualizers and lead programs designed to showcase a wide range of applications of our data and products. 

This role will sit on the communications team within marketing and lead the discovery, verification, and processing of satellite imagery for use by global news outlets like the New York Times, and Reuters, as well as by think tanks like MIIS, Stimson, and CSIS. You’ll work daily with journalists from all over the world to enable their reporting with Planet’s satellite data and tools. You’ll develop relationships with think tanks and analysts and lead program development to educate media and analyst users. If you love geography, geopolitics, breaking news, are technically inclined, and can spend hours looking at Google Maps of your upcoming vacation destination, then you should apply.

What You Bring:

  • 3+ years experience working in a newsroom or as an analyst, with a history of working with journalists and graphics teams at news organizations
  • Track record of creativity in developing and pitching stories to decision makers in the media
  • Comfortable with new multi-media technologies, with a keen understanding of what works across platforms and media companies
  • Proven history of handling multiple competing deadlines and solving problems
  • Proficiency with Photoshop, particularly in image processing and color grading
  • Experience coordinating with teams and a history of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Passion for news and geopolitical subjects
  • Mission driven with a bias towards telling the truth with facts 
  • A learn-by-doing type with an attitude towards rolling up your sleeves and executing
  • Curious with an eye for news, compelling stories, and creative approaches to visualize complex subjects

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Proficiency in other Adobe Creative Cloud products (AfterEffects, Premiere, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting satellite imagery
  • GIS and Cartographic Skills

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace” —Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride. 

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