Jarrod Watt

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Jarrod Watt

Specialist Digital Production Editor

Jarrod Watt joined the Post in 2015 after more than a decade working as a multi-platform reporter and editor with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, creating video, radio and text stories. He currently produces podcasts and video, as well as developing new digital storytelling methods, including augmented reality and 360 interactive photography.

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Blade Runner in 2019 – what did it get right about Hong Kong life today and how great was its influence on science fiction?

Its grimy, rain-lashed, neon-lit street scenes inspired by Hong Kong, dystopian thriller Blade Runner, made in 1982, can no longer be read as futuristic. The film is set in November 2019 – our past now.

2 Dec 2019 - 8:53PM

Its grimy, rain-lashed, neon-lit street scenes inspired by Hong Kong, dystopian thriller Blade Runner, made in 1982, can no longer be read as futuristic. The film is set in November 2019 – our past now.

Blade Runner in 2019 – what did it get right about Hong Kong life today and how great was its influence on science fiction?
Behind the story: Roman Tam – singer of Hong Kong anthems and godfather of Canto-pop

 The "Godfather of Canto-pop" left an indelible mark on Hong Kong culture with a prolific career that began in the 1970s, and his anthems are still being sung to unite protesters today.

18 Oct 2019 - 2:42PM

 The "Godfather of Canto-pop" left an indelible mark on Hong Kong culture with a prolific career that began in the 1970s, and his anthems are still being sung to unite protesters today.

Behind the story: Roman Tam – singer of Hong Kong anthems and godfather of Canto-pop
US-China trade war update: California is ‘Ground Zero’ for US-China relations, and how Vietnam is hurting a Chinese-free trade zone

Author Matt Sheehan talks about how the trade war is part of a much deeper change in US-China relations, while field reporter He Huifeng reveals the Chinese industrial park on the Vietnamese border is suffering from the exodus of companies from China. (Image courtesy Harry Harrison)

10 Oct 2019 - 8:43AM

Author Matt Sheehan talks about how the trade war is part of a much deeper change in US-China relations, while field reporter He Huifeng reveals the Chinese industrial park on the Vietnamese border is suffering from the exodus of companies from China. (Image courtesy Harry Harrison)

US-China trade war update: California is ‘Ground Zero’ for US-China relations, and how Vietnam is hurting a Chinese-free trade zone
China’s recycling revolution 04: confronting the global plastic crisis

A new modern phenomenon is causing a massive increase in single-use plastic packaging, overwhelming any positive effect of bans on plastic straws - but new technology might be able to join the dots between food disposal and food production

21 Oct 2019 - 11:50AM

A new modern phenomenon is causing a massive increase in single-use plastic packaging, overwhelming any positive effect of bans on plastic straws - but new technology might be able to join the dots between food disposal and food production

China’s recycling revolution 04: confronting the global plastic crisis
China’s recycling revolution: Hong Kong and Taiwan - one trash can, two systems

One city used an old English folk song to create a culture of recycling and domestic waste separation, while the other finds itself on the wrong side of China’s National Sword policy

3 Oct 2019 - 3:14PM

One city used an old English folk song to create a culture of recycling and domestic waste separation, while the other finds itself on the wrong side of China’s National Sword policy

China’s recycling revolution: Hong Kong and Taiwan - one trash can, two systems
China's recycling revolution: Shanghai asks ‘What trash are you?’

Inside the new waste disposal system brought in for tens of millions of residents one of China’s biggest cities, and finding the truth in the hype over hi-tech trash cans, RFID chips and the social credit system

30 Sep 2019 - 4:12PM

Inside the new waste disposal system brought in for tens of millions of residents one of China’s biggest cities, and finding the truth in the hype over hi-tech trash cans, RFID chips and the social credit system

China's recycling revolution: Shanghai asks ‘What trash are you?’
China's recycling revolution: How the National Sword policy caused global disruption

How China’s National Sword policy caused a global disruption to domestic recycling programmes, encouraged Southeast Asian nations to reject Western waste, and inspired a massive Chinese investment in American recycling facilities

30 Sep 2019 - 4:12PM

How China’s National Sword policy caused a global disruption to domestic recycling programmes, encouraged Southeast Asian nations to reject Western waste, and inspired a massive Chinese investment in American recycling facilities

China's recycling revolution: How the National Sword policy caused global disruption
US-China trade war update: China's cancelled midwest farm trip, Trump's UN trade tirade, the changing mood of trade talks

Analysing the politics of Chinese officials visiting farms in Montana and Nebraska, and Trump’s attack on China at the UN General Assembly

27 Sep 2019 - 5:18PM

Analysing the politics of Chinese officials visiting farms in Montana and Nebraska, and Trump’s attack on China at the UN General Assembly

US-China trade war update: China's cancelled midwest farm trip, Trump's UN trade tirade, the changing mood of trade talks
US-China trade war update: Analysing Trump's anniversary gift, and how food security dictates China's negotiating strategy

Analysing Trump's tariff surprise and the importance of October 1 for China; how China's food security concerns are influencing its approach to trade war talks and a tale of two Chinese factories being hit hard by tariffs.

13 Sep 2019 - 4:39PM

Analysing Trump's tariff surprise and the importance of October 1 for China; how China's food security concerns are influencing its approach to trade war talks and a tale of two Chinese factories being hit hard by tariffs.

US-China trade war update: Analysing Trump's anniversary gift, and how food security dictates China's negotiating strategy
US-China trade war update: Analysing Xi’s ‘struggle’ speech, China’s trade negotiation team and a growing crisis of pork supply

Analysing Xi Jinping’s recent ‘struggle’ speech and the announcement of trade negotiations between the US and China to commence two days later; how the combination of African swine fever and tariffs on US imports are creating a sense of crisis for the world’s largest consumer of pork

9 Sep 2019 - 10:34AM

Analysing Xi Jinping’s recent ‘struggle’ speech and the announcement of trade negotiations between the US and China to commence two days later; how the combination of African swine fever and tariffs on US imports are creating a sense of crisis for the world’s largest consumer of pork

US-China trade war update: Analysing Xi’s ‘struggle’ speech, China’s trade negotiation team and a growing crisis of pork supply
US-China Trade War update: Tit for tat tariffs, tweets and a phantom telephone call between trade rivals

Analysing how Beijing will respond to Trump labelling Xi Jinping an ‘enemy’, and studying what announcements China will make in the next week

4 Sep 2019 - 11:53AM

Analysing how Beijing will respond to Trump labelling Xi Jinping an ‘enemy’, and studying what announcements China will make in the next week

US-China Trade War update: Tit for tat tariffs, tweets and a phantom telephone call between trade rivals
After one year of US-China trade war, what now and what next for tariffs, Asia and the 2020 presidential election

A special epilogue podcast episode reveals how world trade changed in a year of tariffs and trade war between the US and China, and asks: will things ever be the same again? Vietnam has been revealed as a key beneficiary of the trade war, but how are other nations changing, and what will be the impact on the 2020 US election?

12 Jul 2019 - 9:26AM

A special epilogue podcast episode reveals how world trade changed in a year of tariffs and trade war between the US and China, and asks: will things ever be the same again? Vietnam has been revealed as a key beneficiary of the trade war, but how are other nations changing, and what will be the impact on the 2020 US election?

After one year of US-China trade war, what now and what next for tariffs, Asia and the 2020 presidential election
Behind the Tariffs: What a salad spinner reveals about tariff exemptions and China’s supply chains

How a kitchen tool can teach you about tariff exemptions, innovation, patents and explain how China’s supply chains are unique in the world

28 Jun 2019 - 4:22PM

How a kitchen tool can teach you about tariff exemptions, innovation, patents and explain how China’s supply chains are unique in the world

Behind the Tariffs: What a salad spinner reveals about tariff exemptions and China’s supply chains
Behind the Tariffs: Handbags, game controllers and the battle over intellectual property

Why would an American entrepreneur choose to manufacture handbags in China? Why are shipments of gaming hardware from Hong Kong to New York being locked up?

26 Jun 2019 - 11:21AM

Why would an American entrepreneur choose to manufacture handbags in China? Why are shipments of gaming hardware from Hong Kong to New York being locked up?

Behind the Tariffs: Handbags, game controllers and the battle over intellectual property
Behind the Tariffs: Trucks, trade services and Hong Kong’s trade war conundrum

How Hong Kong’s logistics and service economy is being battered by the effects of the US-China trade war

26 Jun 2019 - 5:19PM

How Hong Kong’s logistics and service economy is being battered by the effects of the US-China trade war

Behind the Tariffs: Trucks, trade services and Hong Kong’s trade war conundrum
Behind the Tariffs: Solar cells and the exodus of Chinese companies from China

The march of manufacturing out of China continues, and it’s causing a labour shortage and an overheated real estate market in neighbouring Vietnam

26 Jun 2019 - 11:19AM

The march of manufacturing out of China continues, and it’s causing a labour shortage and an overheated real estate market in neighbouring Vietnam

Behind the Tariffs: Solar cells and the exodus of Chinese companies from China
Behind the Tariffs: How bicycles link China and the US

How tariffs are unravelling supply chains that stretch from Shanghai to North Carolina, forcing American and Chinese manufacturers to change, cancel or make new plans

3 Oct 2019 - 12:21PM

How tariffs are unravelling supply chains that stretch from Shanghai to North Carolina, forcing American and Chinese manufacturers to change, cancel or make new plans

Behind the Tariffs: How bicycles link China and the US
Behind the Tariffs: Washing machines and the roots of the trade war

Investigating the roots of the US-China trade war, and how washing machines – plus a policy aimed at returning manufacturing jobs to the US – impacts consumers and the people selling them new appliances

3 Oct 2019 - 11:40AM

Investigating the roots of the US-China trade war, and how washing machines – plus a policy aimed at returning manufacturing jobs to the US – impacts consumers and the people selling them new appliances

Behind the Tariffs: Washing machines and the roots of the trade war
Australia’s revolving door: seven prime ministers since 2007 – soon to be eight?

Australia’s federal election is scheduled for May 18, 2019, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to keep his conservative coalition in government and retain the top job himself. Should the opposition Labor party win enough seats to form government, Bill Shorten would become Australia’s eighth prime minister since 2007. What explains this revolving door, given Australia is one of the world’s most prosperous, stable countries?

1 May 2019 - 3:39PM

Australia’s federal election is scheduled for May 18, 2019, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to keep his conservative coalition in government and retain the top job himself. Should the opposition Labor party win enough seats to form government, Bill Shorten would become Australia’s eighth prime minister since 2007. What explains this revolving door, given Australia is one of the world’s most prosperous, stable countries?

Australia’s revolving door: seven prime ministers since 2007 – soon to be eight?
Inside China: Is this the golden age of Chinese science fiction?

The new generation of Chinese science fiction authors talk of their inspirations, their insights, and what makes science fiction in China special.

11 Dec 2019 - 9:27AM

The new generation of Chinese science fiction authors talk of their inspirations, their insights, and what makes science fiction in China special.

Inside China: Is this the golden age of Chinese science fiction?
Inside China: Migrant workers and the Alliance of Beijing Drifters

Millions of rural people have come to Beijing in search of better jobs and the middle class dream but find themselves homeless and hunted by authorities determined to clear out the ‘low end population’. Meet the man secretly housing them and giving them support.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:20PM

Millions of rural people have come to Beijing in search of better jobs and the middle class dream but find themselves homeless and hunted by authorities determined to clear out the ‘low end population’. Meet the man secretly housing them and giving them support.

Inside China: Migrant workers and the Alliance of Beijing Drifters
Behind the Story: How SCMP reported the Lunar New Year in the Year of the Pig

James Legge speaks to SCMP journalists, video producers and editors about what stories always come around for Lunar New Year and what stories they’ve found for the coming Year of the Pig

12 Feb 2019 - 8:19AM

James Legge speaks to SCMP journalists, video producers and editors about what stories always come around for Lunar New Year and what stories they’ve found for the coming Year of the Pig

Behind the Story: How SCMP reported the Lunar New Year in the Year of the Pig
Inside China: Scientists with borders

Long before today’s US-China rivalry over technology, there was a time of US-China co-operation to educate a new generation of scientists and engineers: this is the story of two victims of the Cultural Revolution who became giants of Chinese science, thanks to a US education.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:21PM

Long before today’s US-China rivalry over technology, there was a time of US-China co-operation to educate a new generation of scientists and engineers: this is the story of two victims of the Cultural Revolution who became giants of Chinese science, thanks to a US education.

Inside China: Scientists with borders
Inside China: Strange tales from a Chinese studio

A South China Morning Post Halloween special, bringing to life a spooky Chinese literary classic from the 17th century.

29 Oct 2019 - 3:30PM

A South China Morning Post Halloween special, bringing to life a spooky Chinese literary classic from the 17th century.

Inside China: Strange tales from a Chinese studio
Behind the Story: The life and legacy of Louis Cha ‘Jin Yong’

Zhou Xin talks about the cultural impact of Louis Cha's wuxia novels in mainland China as well as his pivotal role as founder and editor of Ming Pao.

19 Dec 2018 - 8:04PM

Zhou Xin talks about the cultural impact of Louis Cha's wuxia novels in mainland China as well as his pivotal role as founder and editor of Ming Pao.

Behind the Story: The life and legacy of Louis Cha ‘Jin Yong’
Inside China: 40 years of economic reform and 'opening up'

Upon the 40th anniversary of China’s economic transformation, hear from workers, cultural figures and industrialists who participated in the ‘opening’ of China.

12 Apr 2019 - 4:24PM

Upon the 40th anniversary of China’s economic transformation, hear from workers, cultural figures and industrialists who participated in the ‘opening’ of China.

Inside China: 40 years of economic reform and 'opening up'
Inside China: In search of the Yeren, the Chinese Bigfoot

Take a journey deep into the mysterious Shennongjia forest and join eyewitnesses and scientists on the hunt for the Yeren.

19 Dec 2018 - 7:58PM

Take a journey deep into the mysterious Shennongjia forest and join eyewitnesses and scientists on the hunt for the Yeren.

Inside China: In search of the Yeren, the Chinese Bigfoot
Inside China: The disease killing the men who built Shenzhen, and their struggle for justice

Hundreds of workers who helped transform a fishing village into China's tech capital are petitioning for justice as they face a slow and painful death.

13 Mar 2019 - 1:36PM

Hundreds of workers who helped transform a fishing village into China's tech capital are petitioning for justice as they face a slow and painful death.

Inside China: The disease killing the men who built Shenzhen, and their struggle for justice
Inside China: Welcome to Guanniu, the art of Chinese bullfighting

Meet the man who wants to turn the centuries-old art of Chinese bull wrestling into a spectator sport.

19 Dec 2018 - 7:42PM

Meet the man who wants to turn the centuries-old art of Chinese bull wrestling into a spectator sport.

Inside China: Welcome to Guanniu, the art of Chinese bullfighting
Inside China: Sichuan earthquake, 10 years on

A decade on, we return to the scene of one of China's worst natural disasters.

19 Dec 2018 - 7:46PM

A decade on, we return to the scene of one of China's worst natural disasters.

Inside China: Sichuan earthquake, 10 years on