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Post wins Asia Podcast Festival award for series on Shanghai lockdowns

Post wins Asia Podcast Festival award for series on Shanghai lockdowns

From bartering with neighbours for food to supply chain slowdowns, the five-episode feature details the wide-ranging hardships of the pandemic.

The awards were held in Singapore over the weekend, attracting a crowd of thousands attending in person and online. Podcast creators and professionals from a host of countries in the region, and the United States, delivered presentations on an industry whose global market value is estimated to be in excess of US$12 billion.

The five-episode series from the Post’s long-running Inside China podcast included first-hand reporting from video producer Thomas Yau of his experience isolated in his Shanghai flat, where he was forced to barter for food with his neighbours – among other challenges – as the original five-day lockdown extended into two months.

Life under lockdown: many Shanghai residents spent two months cooped up at home due to strict pandemic controls.

Other members of the Post team based in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang and Hong Kong delivered reports and analysis of mainland China’s vaccination programme, the economic impact of the nation’s Covid-19 policies, the global supply chain issues resulting from strict port controls, as well as the violent confrontations and protests between angry residents and police being shared on Chinese social media.

“This is a testament to a truly international team, based in cities across mainland China and here in Hong Kong, working together to fulfil the mission of this podcast: telling stories that go beyond the headlines to give a global audience a better understanding of what’s happening inside China,” said Jarrod Watt, specialist digital editor in charge of podcasts.

The episodes were made in April and presented by three different journalists from the newsroom in Hong Kong: Mimi Lau, Holly Chik and Jasmine Tse, produced in a dynamic and flexible manner in the office and from home as the city slowly exited its peak Omicron period.

“This award is so well deserved for Jarrod and everyone who worked so hard on Inside China. The Post has taken the lead in reporting on the pandemic since the very beginning, and the Inside China podcast has showcased our unique, in-depth reporting to listeners around the world,” said director of the video and podcast team Chieu Luu.

The series took home the award for best in category in science, tech and business podcasts.

The Inside China podcast began its weekly pandemic focus on January 26, 2020, with an episode reporting on what was then known about the outbreak in Wuhan and why all Post staff in the Hong Kong newsroom were being ordered to work from home until further notice.

It was recently named one of the top five most-shared podcasts in the world on Spotify, and has garnered a significant following in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia as well as Hong Kong.

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