Jason Osder

Jason Osder

Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs
521; Office Hours: T/Th, 9:30-11:00am
Address: School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Fax: 202-994-5806
Mobile: 202-276-5481

Areas of Expertise

Documentary Film, Creative media technologies, Postproduction, Information Architecture, Media use in the not-for-profit sector


Jason Osder the director of the award-winning documentary LET THE FIRE BURN about the 1985 confrontation between the group MOVE and the Philadelphia police that claimed the lives of eleven people. Supported in part by the Sundance Institute, LET THE FIRE BURN premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the best editing in a documentary award and a jury special mention for best new documentary director. The film went on to play over fifty film festivals around the world and be nominated for over a dozen awards. It won the best editing prize at the Montreal International Documentary Festival, the International Documentary Association Creative Recognition Prize in Editing, the Cinema Eye Honor for Editing, and the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award.

Jason is a long-time media educator, producer, and instructional author with a background in documentary, social sciences, and education theory. He joined the faculty of the School of Media and Public Affairs in January 2007 to teach Introduction to Digital Media, a required course for journalism and political communications majors. His teaching also includes documentary theory and production and online journalism techniques.

Jason is the creator of numerous online courses for the Lynda.com Online Training Library including YouTube Essential Training and Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro CS6. In 2005, he founded Amigo Media with collaborator Robbie Carman to meet a growing demand for professional training, consulting, and execution in the rapidly changing field of creative media technologies. In 2007, the two co-authored Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook. The Magazine of the American Cinematographer called it "the most thorough book on Final Cut Pro to date."

Read his full C.V. here. 


MAMC., Documentary, University of Florida, 2001
B.A., Praxis Philosophy, New College of Florida, 1995 


Five instructional videos at Lynda.com including Vimeo Essential Training, YouTube Essential Training, Omnigraffle5: Creating Sitemaps and Wireframes, Final Cut Studio:Roundtripping, and Omnigraffle Professional 5 Essential Training

Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook co-author with Robbie Carman (2007)


Classes Taught

SMPA 2112, Introduction to Digital Media
SMPA 3232, Online Journalism Workshop
SMPA 3247, Documentary Production 

Faculty Soundbite

"There are other elements beyond technology that are important."

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor Jason Osder explains how his courses in media arts and technologies teach students a lot more than just how to push a button.

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