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Blog News Local Opportunities – WIFV-DC Media Job Fair Recap   

Growth is a good thing, until you look around one day and find you need more talented people to do all the extra work. Word Wizards recently attended the 2016 WIFV-DC Media Job Fair (WJF) to identify candidates for transcription, 508 compliance, and graphic design work. While online hiring and digital classifieds have become the […]


Blog News ADA and 508 Accessibility: Comparing Two Standards   

Both Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (508) and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are made up of laws and guidelines requiring information to be made available to all members of the public, regardless of sensory disabilities. Closed Captioning (CC),  Audio Description (AD), and accessible digital publication technology (508 remediation), are […]


Blog News Producer Resources – TED Talks for Media Pros   

Word Wizards recently had the pleasure to do transcription work for a new batch of TED Talks (“TT”). TED is a non-profit group, whose primary mission is the spread knowledge globally through powerful online talks about a variety of subjects. TTs are free online lectures which are both short (eighteen minute or less), and informative […]


Media News PHS vs Ebola – The Hope Multipliers   

Word Wizards would like to take a moment to acknowledge a truly historic project we helped with recently. Behind the scenes, our team works on many high profile projects. Once in a while, we work on something that has true historical significance. Two weeks ago we helped USHHS produce transcripts for a video called “The […]


Media News Workplace Safety – Preventing Hand Related Injury   

Word Wizards makes a living by providing profession transcription services. Our team relies on our hands for transcription activities, and protecting these important assets is paramount to the success of our company. Unfortunately, some typists are susceptible to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) because of the nature of the work. Word Wizards typists clock in at […]


Accessibility 508 Refresh – Public Comments Closed: Our Contribution   

The time for public comments before the US Access Board regarding the 508 Refresh has passed. Word Wizards (WW) submitted our own comments in support of 508 accessible transcripts as a viable alternative to prerecorded material, in order to provide increased access for deaf and hard of hearing, as well as blind and low vision […]


featured Crowd Marketing – TUGG and GATHR   

  Thanks so much to Docs In Progress for organizing the Crowdsourcing Theatrical Distribution talk.  They do amazing work helping people from all walks of life to fulfill their desire of creating documentary productions.  Since video transcription is often an essential part of making a documentary, it is only natural that WW is a proud corporate […]


featured NetCentric to Access Board: 508 Refresh   

  Duff Johnson, President of NetCentric, creator of CommonLook accessibility remediation software, recently spoke before the U.S. Access Board regarding the upcoming refresh of the 508 accessibility rules.  The proposed changes include adherence to WCAG 2.0 for all media types and additional conformance to other guidelines based on media type, such as the PDF/UA-1 guidelines […]


Accessibility Media Accessibility – 508 Compliant Transcript   

Word Wizards is continuing our coverage of The United States Access Board’s 508 refresh. These rules and standards set the accessibility compliance requirements for electronic publications procured by the federal government, including web sites, video assets, and mixed media productions. For video assets, the current 508 compliant standard for accessibility requires closed captioning, and audible […]


Blog News Viral Videos – EnChroma and Valspar’s Color for All   

Valspar, a paint company, recently collaborated with EnChroma to bring attention to the Cx Explorer – glasses specifically tailored to bring color to the colorblind. The Explorer looks just like regular aviator sunglasses. The key difference, however, is that the Explorer is capable of increasing a person’s perception of the saturation of colors. The video […]


Section 508 Compliance Section 508 Refresh: New Rules for Media Accessibility   

The U.S. Access Board, the government agency responsible for providing accommodations for people with disabilities under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, has issued a call for public comments concerning Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This call is in regards to new rules which are currently being developed for how ICT is handled. […]


Blog News 508 Refresh is Underway   

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is currently working to revise the standards for Section 508 accessibility. This revision is being called the 2015 Section 508 Refresh.   Since the last revision (in 2000), technological advances have increased exponentially – going from voice-only devices to smartphones, for example. Therefore, the Access Board […]


Blog News Title Region in Excel: Defining for JAWS 16   

Since software is constantly updating and evolving, we have to keep up with changes to make the most accessible documents as possible. With that in mind, issues can sometimes arise with the new versions of our most commonly used software, such as JAWS. What works in an older version may not translate well into the […]


Blog News Section 508 Compliance – Expert Advice   

This post is the start of a new series concerning Section 508 compliance remediation. Our expert 508 compliance team has encountered several workflow errors while using Acrobat for 508 remediation.  These errors cause some serious headaches for both users and clients. As such, we felt it would be useful to cover some of these issues […]


Blog News Happy New Year: Best of 2014   

  Wishing you a happy new year from your friends at Word Wizards. 2015 is here and we are planning big things for our company.  Transcription, compliance, and graphic services are hot, and our company is growing faster than ever before. Our blog took a pause in the fall as we restructured our media team, […]


featured #Stuck – New Film Spotlight   

Starting this weekend #Stuck will be screening in select theaters across the country. The production team is coming along for the ride, hosting Q + A sessions after the show, and kicking off their tour in NYC at the Village East Cinema this Friday night. Through a unique combination of independent capitalization, and social media crowd-funding, […]


Blog News Using Social Media to Promote Your Projects and Business   

By Scott L. Gordon, Word Wizards, Inc. CEO. Like many people in the modern era, I am fascinated by social media as a tool to increase networking and promote my business.  That’s why I was drawn to WIFV’s Wednesday One meeting at Interface Media Group, featuring two powerhouse women who specialize in social media.   […]


Blog News Unmanned Aircraft in Filmmaking   

One of the most exciting new tends in filmmaking today is the use of camera-equipped drones. These inexpensive Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are more budget conscious than helicopters for capturing the overhead excitement of a vehicle chase or other outdoor scenes. Using a versatile GoPro camera on a UAV, filmmakers can easily record awe-inspiring […]


Blog News Keying and Rotoscoping: An Editor’s Toolbox   

  Working in the post-production phase of video production, Word Wizards often receives projects with major editing problems and no budget or time for a reshoot. In a recent TIVA meeting held at RHED Pixel, Rich Harrington presented a first-hand look at two essentials of the video production industry, keying and rotoscoping, which can be […]


featured Future Media Concepts Presents: Editing Tech 101   

Heavily involved in many aspects of post-production, Word Wizards realizes that editing is where the magic begins. And choosing the right editing software for your project—Adobe Premiere, Avid or Final Cut—is essential. A huge thank you goes out to TIVA who recently sponsored an incredibly informative panel discussion at Future Media Concepts, Comparing Editing Platforms, […]


featured 48-Hour Film Project 2014 – Reflections from the Pros   

  When my friend Tim Flaherty came shopping for a location for his entry in the 2014 48-Hour Film Project,  I was intrigued and wanted to help him. He is a former President of TIVA, and I know him to be a rock solid television and industrial producer.  His co-leader was Ishu Krishna, another former […]


featured NAB Show 2014 – Trade Show Tech   

Tech Nirvana   Word Wizards lives on the cutting edge of technology.  As a matter of fact, we first exhibited transcripts with time code at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in 1998.  Since then we have continued to innovate using the latest technology. We pioneered new methods of transcription, developed advanced audio […]


Community Outreach The Art of Selling Yourself – Through Your Resume   

There were valuable resume and interview tips aplenty at an informative presentation on resume building, hosted by Women in Film and Video (WIFV) and Women in Cable Television Communications (WICT), at Interface Media Group on April 2, 2014.  The panel discussion was scheduled just ten days before the ever-popular WIFV job fair, so these important […]


featured The Science of Good Story Telling   

Producers and reporters of science programs for film and television are always looking for engaging, compelling stories to teach and motivate and to open our minds to infinite possibilities. Scott Gordon, C.E.O. of Word Wizard, is addicted to scientific programming and watches very little else except the News.  That’s why he joined me as we […]


Documentary Film DC Premiere of CinemAbility   

Expanding Minds: At Word Wizards we are all about accessibility.  Our 508 compliant transcripts meet federal standards for multimedia on Federal websites that are accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as to the blind and low vision individuals.  That is why we want to shout out about the screening of the […]


Blog News New Address   

Attention! Word Wizards HQ has moved. Our new address is 8609 2nd Avenue. Unit 406B. Silver Spring, MD. 20910.


featured Celebration and Cinema – 2014 DC Independent Film Festival   

One of the most successful and enduring film festivals to call DC home, the DC Independent Film Festival celebrated its 16th year as one of the area’s longest running festivals. The DCIFF mission includes supporting and showcasing talented filmmakers from around the world. And by exhibiting world premiere screenings, hosting timely seminars and workshops, as […]


featured A TIVA Era Begins   

A TIVA Era Begins Following the successful TIVA presidency of Jerry Griffith with many innovations and a record membership, Brian Grundstrom now steps into Jerry’s shoes and takes over the reins. Formally Vice President of TIVA, Brian offers an insider’s view and super-charged ideas for growing Television Internet Video Association to the largest affiliation of […]


Blog News Women in Film and Video Kicks Off A Revolutionary New Year   

WIFV Kicks Off a Revolutionary New Year Picture taken from WIFV Website A Truly Grand Start to 2014 The DC chapter of Women in Film and Video kicked off their 35th year in style with a holiday party at the offices of the nonprofit organization 1776. Located at 1133 15th Street, Farragut North, 1776’s workplace—and […]


Blog News Napa Valley Film Festival – The Highlights   

Film Tasting Napa Valley known as wine country once again magically transformed into movie country with a touch of “Hollywood.” The third annual Napa Valley Film Festival—November 13-17th 2013—showcased 125 independent films to enthusiastic audiences. A gathering of 300 varied filmmakers attracted high-profile celebs like Colin Farrell, original Batman Adam West, Karate Kid’s Ralph Macchio, […]


Blogging DIY Network – Four Legged Fashion   

Video production professionals are used to finding that perfect look for themselves; why shouldn’t that extend to man’s best friend? Take a look at this new infomercial by the DIY Network, starring Word Wizards Operations Manager Ben and office support dog Heather. Now pooches can get some high style of their own to match their […]


Featured Video Translation Services Video   

The new commercial for our translation services to be shown at the 2013 TIVA-DC PEER Awards.

Documentary Film 2013 Peer Awards – $500 Prize for Best Documentary Film   

    The annual DC Peer Awards is always a special event, celebrating the best artists in the DC production community and bringing them together to reward their hard work. Word Wizards Inc. has been a proud sponsor for many years because we believe they honor the absolute best in the field and encourage aspiring professionals to […]


Technology Video Tech – Flying And Moving Camera Rigs   

While the good old fashioned tripod is a tried and true method for getting talking heads footage for that documentary you’re working on, it’s not as ideal for getting other types of footage. Say you want a more exciting moving shot that captures action or want something really impressive like a great aerial shot but […]


Blogging Social Media and Sangria Panel   

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a very enjoyable panel, presented by Women in Film and Video and hosted by Interface Media Group, that was all about taking the plunge into social media and how to fully utilize it. Here at Word Wizards Inc., we know that getting the word out about your film can […]


Documentary Film Funding Your Film Into The Marketplace   

                 I recently ran across an interesting little article, written by Kathy A. McDonald, which was all about prepping your documentary for the market place and some basic tips to follow. Each year the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund holds a number of labs or discussions, one of which is the Sundance […]


Graphic Design Photoshop Now Subscription Only – Impact and Reactions   

I recently stumbled onto this article entitled Picture This: Is There Life After Photoshop  by Ian Hardy, on BBC news and thought it was a great piece that touches upon an important segment of the production community. Over the past 23 years Photoshop has become a cornerstone of the graphic design world. Some estimate that nine […]


Video Production How News Archives Are Reaching Out   

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about how the National Archives is a treasure trove of stock footage for films and documentaries. Just the other day, I was reading a documentary magazine and happened to come across an article that serves as a perfect companion piece. The article, titled “The Past Is Never Dead: […]


Community Outreach Documentary Filmmaking as the Ultimate Cultural Ambassador   

Documentaries are a great way to be introduced to new ideas and learn about important issues, but they can also serve as a bridge to other countries and communities across the world. They excel at allowing the viewer to travel to another place without having to leave their couch or seat. No one understood this better […]


Social Media Using The Right Etiquette On LinkedIn   

While the world of social media encompasses a dizzying number of different networks, with more showing up all the time, one in particular, LinkedIn, stands out as the most professional.  While sites like Facebook and Twitter are often seen as being more fun, relaxed and unfiltered, LinkedIn is known for getting right to business in […]


Documentary Film AFI Docs – Behind The Scenes   

A New Layout The “SilverDocs” film festival has become AFI Docs, and shook things up this year with a completely new format. With a luxurious new sponsor, Audi, and a substantial reworking of the festival organization, AFI Docs made a big impact in its first year. Instead of being concentrated in Silver Spring, this year the majority of […]

Technology Password Security and Management   

The Setup In 2010, several popular web sites were hacked and their password data stolen. If you were part of one of these sites, you may already know about this since emails warning of the break-in were sent out to users. If not, then why worry, right? Why worry, indeed. The Problem The problem is […]


featured Summer Sale – Save 15% on Transcription   

Give your budget a break! Save big this summer on your next transcription project. Word Wizards is offering a 15% discount on transcription services from July 4th through Labor Day in 2013. This limited time offer wont be around for long, so call or e-mail us today to get started. Click the advertisement below for […]


TIVA-DC TIVA Talk: Pitching To The Networks Workshop   

Since we here at Word Wizards Inc. go through hours of transcription each day we know that while making film and video is hard, the toughest part is actually getting someone to green light your pitch so you can actually get the chance to make it. We all know that making that pitch can be difficult, awkward and just plain […]

Web Design Willoughby’s New Web Look   

While many people think of Word Wizards, Inc. as just a transcription and post-production company, we also have a very accomplished graphic design and website wing that’s responsible for some very impressive work around the web. Our latest project had us working with the The Willoughby of Chevy Chase Condominium and designing a brand new totally re-designed […]


Technology Tech Time With The RollerMouse Free2   

While there are many who think that professionals in the media-and-video-production industry don’t spend much time behind a desk and computer, they could not be more wrong. Media professionals can end up spending just as long as any information worker, and often even longer, slaving away on a computer behind a desk. And as some […]

TIVA-DC TIVA Talks: Program Finishing   

 TIVA recently presented an incredibly informative panel at Henninger Media Services  that was all about program finishing, a vital part of any film or video production. While a plethora of topics were discussed, they mainly centered around the areas of color correction, conversions, captioning, audio, delivery formats and disc authoring. The panel, consisting of Henninger employees, included Senior Editor Joe Bridgers, Colorist Loren Masheter, Audio Engineer […]


Blogging Avoiding Legal Issue With Freelancers And Contractors   

With the economy still in a rough spot many employers are turning to a work force of contractors and freelancers to round out their workforces, with many companies in the media and video-production realm following suit. And while it may seem more financially efficient to have a smaller number of full time workers and more freelancers for whom you don’t have […]


Community Outreach Unacceptable Levels   

The Power of Documentary Film We here at Word Wizards inc, love documentary film because it makes up so much of the work we do. However, we also love it because it has the power to really change people’s perspectives on important issues. It brings these important issues, that many people would know nothing about otherwise, […]


Tips & Tricks Keeping Your Budget Under Control   

Getting That Green As we all know, budgeting your work, especially documentary film work, is not easy.  You must first secure the money, not an easy feat mind you, and then be extremely careful to utilize it to its fullest extent. The still-shaky economy makes it even more difficult for production professionals to secure budgets, since people are still hesitant to give money to anyone even if […]


Video Production Importance of the Peers   

Honors in the DC video production community don’t get much bigger than the annual TIVA Peer Awards. These awards, which have been around since 1997, pay tribute to excellence in local media and are one of the most sought-after awards in the area. Every November the TIVA community comes together at the National Press Club to give out this honor in a […]


Community Outreach Returning Marines Find New Careers In Media   

With Memorial Day soon upon us, our thoughts go to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to defend our country. I’ve also been thinking about those other brave individuals who fight in combat and are wounded but are able to make it home back to the U.S. What are they supposed to do when they get back […]


TIVA-DC TIVA Talk: Monetizing Online Video And Creating a Video Network   

We here at Word Wizards, Inc. love social media because it provides us with a great way to reach out to our customers besides the traditional e-mails and phone—which is so 20th century.  One of its strengths is the ability to reach out to so many by giving professionals of all types, and especially video professionals, multiple outlets to show their work and […]


Social Media How To Talk Back On Social Media   

The Beauty Of Social Media As I’ve said quite a few times in this blog, one of the best things about social media and the way it’s changed the nature of business is the relationships that it sets up. Gone are the days where customers could only get messages to their favorite brands via old […]


Video Production 48 Hour Film Project   

Just A Weekend As most of us know creating a film, even a short film, weather it’s a documentary or something more fictional, takes a lot of time. First you have come up with a concept, get funding somehow, get a crew, shoot the production and then edit and do the rest of post-production. This whole process usually takes a minimum of several […]


Equipment Comparing Affordable Cameras and Camera Rigs   

The Fab Five Since Word Wizards, Inc. often deals with new technology, we definitely know how it changes quickly, especially in the realm of video production. While the video production community in DC is incredibly talented and forms an amazingly supportive community, we are also dependent on the equipment we use. It’s not easy to […]


graphics TIVA’s 3D Animation Panel   

Talent on Hand Recently at Resolution Post, TIVA held an informative and interesting panel about 3D graphics and animation. The panel’s main speakers were Scott Stewart, owner and creative director at Resolution Post, Robert Cloutier from Digital History Studios,  and Christian Flores from Beatmap Animation. Some of the topics that were discussed included what types of […]


Technology The Little Camera That Could   

Built for Adventure While cameras are great at capturing a story for film and showcasing someone’s vision, they are not usually known for their durability and tend to be pretty fragile machines. It’s tough to take them under water, on a bike or car, or just any place where you’d be moving a lot and […]


Media News Silverdocs No More   

A New Partner Silverdocs, the premiere documentary festival in the Washington DC area, as well as a huge boon to the Silver Spring area, is getting some major changes. Its new iteration, which was announced just last week, will be known as AFI Docs Film Festival and will be backed by car manufacturer Audi instead of […]


TIVA-DC TIVA’s Tapeless Workflow Panel   

Recently TIVA, the television, internet and video association, held an incredibly informative panel at Henninger Media Services that was all about tapeless workflow and the pros/cons of going into the tapeless world. Henninger moderated the event and supplied the speakers for panelists Sam Crawford and Sue O’Hora. The areas covered included the three main stages of production and […]

Technology 3 Big Standouts from NAB 2013   

NAB 2013 Digital Media Industry Event While the National Association of Broadcasters early event in Las Vegas may not have quite the same buzz as the Consumer Electronics Show, its still a big deal in the production industry and a regular trek for many members of the local community. While Word Wizards, Inc  primarily focuses on transcription work, light […]


Tips & Tricks Insurance for Freelancer and Production Companies   

Recently at Interface Media Group, Women in Film and Video held a great presentation that was all about insurance for both freelancers and production groups. The main speakers were Kelly Ann Dixon-Nachodsky from GBS HR & Benefit Solutions and Richard Gottlieb from Woodhome Insurance Group, Inc. Some of the topics discussed included the effects of the […]


Documentary Film Social Justice and Web Series at Filmfest DC   

If your looking for a fun little excursion and have a hankering for a different kind of cinema, check out the Filmfest DC. They’re collection, which plays till Sunday the 21st, is pretty impressive with over 80 features, documentaries and shorts from all corners of the earth. Word Wizards, Inc. of course loves docs, since their […]


Marketing Marketing Documentaries to Academia: The Perfect Recipe   

One of the obvious reasons why Word Wizards, Inc. loves Docs in Progress (DIP) http://docsinprogress.org/ is that they coach for projects with tons of interview footage.  We at “The Wiz” thrive on transcribing dozens of hours of talking head interviews per week. Transcription is very important to any documentary film maker, whether they use Word […]


Community Outreach Grand Movie Palaces versus Big Bad Multiplex   

I recently volunteered at a panel, at the DC Independent Film Festival, about the history of movie theaters and palaces in the city of Washington D.C. During this panel, several images of old movie theaters that have been torn down were shown and their details discussed. I was struck by the individual beauty of these […]


Social Media 10 Commandments of Social Media Interaction   

I recently ran across an insightful little article on Mashable about the 10 Commandments of Social Media for Brands, http://on.mash.to/13W2XWi, and with the two major holidays, I thought it seemed topical. This info also applies to people and their social media interactions, not just companies or brands.  Word Wizards, Inc follows these ideas and encourages others […]


Documentary Film Need a Little Help With that Documentary?   

While to many outsiders i.e. people not in the media or video production biz, making a documentary or any kind of media production may seem like fun, we video professionals know just how much hard grueling work is involved in even the most basic media. Not only are there a seemingly impossible number of steps […]


Community Outreach Annapolis Film Festival Wrap Up   

This past weekend the Annapolis Film Festival kicked off to some pretty critical acclaim. The festival, which ran from the 21 – 24, seeks to establish the city of Annapolis as a prime breeding ground for different filmmakers to come and show different perspectives through their work to hungry audiences. A previous incarnation actually existed […]


TIVA-DC TIVA’s Contract Panel   

  On Wednesday night TIVA, the Television, Internet and Video Association, held a panel at Video Labs focusing on contracts and specifically how they pertain to the video production business. While contracts are something that most of us in the media and video industry are something most of us don’t like to think about, they are still a […]


Transcription The National Archives, an Underappreciated Resource   

When most filmmakers, and people in general, think of the National Archives, they think of that beautiful building next to the mall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are on display. What they don’t realize is just how much of a treasure trove of historical footage and media is right under their noses. Not […]


Community Outreach Silver Spring on Screen   

The local DC production and video community is responsible for some truly terrific programs that come out of this area. The big question that comes across many people’s minds is how will the next generation of professionals learn vital film making skills? Luckily there are quite a few organizations such as Docs in Progress that are […]


Video Production Word Wizards Salutes Richard Harrington, A Wizard of Digital Video   

Every once in a while Word Wizards likes to shine the spotlight on some of our fellow video professionals in the DC media community to showcase some of the truly talented individuals we have around us. Today we’re going to be taking a look at Richard Harrington, CEO of RHED Pixel, editing expert, producer, prolific writer […]


Community Outreach A Festival Orson Welles Would Be Proud Of   

Most people have seen the film Citizen Kane and know of the famous director Orson Welles who was known for both his talent and his sometimes erratic behavior. He is however still regarded as one of the greatest film directors, one who had an absolute vision of what he wanted and was usually not open […]


Video Production Guggenheim Productions, Giants in Docs City   

While some big hollywood films and productions have come to Washginton, D.C. to shoot big blockbuster fare, the real work has to do with all the docs that come out of here. The capital city should really be called doc’s city because of the sheer number of documentaries that our amazing film community produces. Lots of […]


Social Media How Not To Promote Your Work in the Digital and Social Media Realm   

  In making any kind of media, there are two main stages. The first is actually making the thing which involves pre-producton, shooting it and then having it transcribed and put into post production. That’s where Word Wizards comes in, we’re happy to work with you on the transcription and conversion side. We want to […]


Community Outreach DC Independent Film Festival, one of the longest running festivals in town   

  Starting a film festival is no easy feat and keeping it going for a successive number of years is downright extraordinary. That’s why the DC Independent Film Festival which will be celebrating it’s 15th year later this week, from March 6 – 10th, is darn impressive. While most film festivals would be resting on […]


Media News The Art of Reviewing Film Festivals   

  We’re all used to seeing movie and film reviews but reviews for film festivals are not quite as frequent. What if your a die hard movie junkie who needs their fix of fresh indie cinema but don’t know just where to turn? Well film festival maven Christina Kotlar has got you covered. Her blog […]


Tips & Tricks Getting Started in your Media Career   

  Last night at American Universities School of Communications,  several media professionals gathered with TIVA to give out some very valuable information about how to get your foot in the media industry whether your a college student or a seasoned professional looking to switch careers. The panelists included:   Jason Villemez, Production Assistant at PBS Newshour http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-villemez/10/a27/594 Kristen Edgell, Marketing […]


GSA Building Government Contractor Relationships   

A special thanks goes out to Tanya Spann Roche,  for giving us this great info.  Tanya is a producer, writer and editor making her a triple threat. Her website is www.thinkspeakact.com So you want to do some video or production work with the US government. Building a work relationship with them can lead to some lucrative […]


Politics Going Postal – Financial Troubles Ahead For U.S. Mail   

In the wake of the Fiscal Cliff fiasco, a smaller, but still important, financial issue remains under the national radar. The U.S. Postal System is rapidly running out of cash, and they are almost out of options. Even worse, the legislative branch is completely distracted from this problem with the looming debt ceiling and sequestration […]


Documentary Film Yes We Did: The People’s Inauguration – Free Documentary Screening   

Yes We Did: The People’s Inauguration is the story of the pandemonium surrounding the inauguration of the first African American President of The United States of America. Next Wednesday, January 16th, our friends at Docs In Progress have teamed up with We Are Takoma to provide a free screening of this insightful documentary film. The […]

Social Justice AIG vs The US Government – Thanks For Nothing   

What are they thinking! Insurance giant AIG is considering whether to join a lawsuit against the US Government for “human rights violations incurred during the financial crisis bailouts. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you, it is a shock that the company would even consider such a move. The Huffington Post Reports the following: […]


Technology Twitter Reaches New Heights – @LibraryOfCongress #Archive   

In April of 2010, The United States Library of Congress signed a deal to gain unrestricted access to all public tweets since 2006. Since that deal was made, 170 Billion tweets have been archived by the library. The question now is how to make this resource available to researchers, institutions, and the public? The Social […]


Media News Consumer Electronics Show 2013 – 5 Technology Trends   

Next week marks the beginning of The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) In Las Vegas. CES is the worlds largest gadget conference, where the big and small names of the tech world gather to show off their newest toys. The 2013 show seems to be all about innovation through integration, prepare for a world […]


Politics The 113th United States Congress   

Today, The United States of America officially welcomes the 113th Congress. Each of these legislative representatives is tasked by their constituents to address the serious issues our nation currently faces. Sadly, many citizens of this great nation have become skeptical of the integrity of our congressional body, and worry that the bitter rivalries and negative […]


Media News Happy New Year: Top 10 Stories From 2012   

Congratulations, another year has come and gone. As we prepare ourselves for 2013, lets take a look at the top 10 most important stories from the year prior. #10: 2012 Faux-Pocalypse I remember many years ago when I heard that the world would be ending sometime in December of 2012. Now that we have passed […]


Media News Video Tech in Business – Foxconn Buys Big Into GoPro   

Over the last few years, GoPro has become a standard term in the extreme sports lexicon. If you don’t know GoPro yet it is defiantly something to investigate. GoPro cameras offer a rugged, mountable video camera solution to help capture life on the go. Waterproof, shockproof, idiot-proof… Put one on your surfboard and watch yourself […]


Community Outreach TIVA-DC Holiday Party: Food, Fun, Drinks, and Prizes!   

The time has come for holiday party season! Tonight, TIVA will host their annual holiday party, this year at The Wisconsin Place Community Center. It looks like the prizes for the raffle and open table auction are better than ever. So put on that corny sweater, and come on out tonight for a ol’ good […]


SEO WordPress Development: WordPress SEO Plug-In One Month Later   

After a month of using the “WordPress SEO Plug-In” by Yoast, I am happy to say that we have had some very positive results. In this article, I just wanted to elaborate on why I think this plug-in does such a good job. Now let me just clarify, we have had some progress, but we […]


Technology Version Control: What it is and Why it’s a Good Idea   

Part 1: Overview Maintaining and keeping current project files is a pain. Over the course of a typical document lifetime—which can be years in many instances—a file can undergo many transformations from one iteration to the next. Clients will have edits or completely new content that they want to insert into a document, whether it’s […]


Transcription Transcription Services 101 – Communication and Organization   

A professional transcription business is about one thing, words on a page. It’s simple, right? Just plug a media file into your transcription software and bang… Well, as you might know, its a lot harder than that. In this brief article, I want to cover two basic components of the operation that separates the professional […]


Sponsors and Partners Trade Show – GV Expo 2012 / GovComm12 Exhibition Recap   

As expected, The 2012 Government Video Expo was an all out success. The exhibition floor was teeming with top of the line tech and the biggest names pulled out all the stops to showcase the latest and greatest. I took a little time to document some of the stuff that caught my eye, so lets […]


Technology Going Google – Word Wizards Explores Google+ Social Networking   

Word Wizards is now in the process of setting up Google+ for our organization. Google+ for companies seems to be a bit different than Google+ for individuals. As our online marketing expert, I am eager to finally expand my efforts to Google’s social networking baby. Getting started, there was only one concern, and it looked […]


TIVA-DC Government Video Expo 2012 – Behind The Scenes First Look   

The time has come to take a first look at this year’s Government Video Expo (G.V. Expo) hosted at The Washington Convention Center from November 27th – 29th. It looks like this year is going to be bigger and better than ever before, thanks to a co-location deal between The GV Expo and GovComm 12. […]


TIVA-DC 2012 Peer Awards – Award Show Recap and Winners   

Last Saturday night at The National Press Club, TIVA members from all around the area descended upon the red carpet for a night full of food, fun, and award show dreams come true. TIVA-DC (Television Internet and Video Association of Washington D.C.) pulled out all the stops this year and put on another event to […]


Media News Google Fiber Goes Live – Kansas City Gets Gigabit Internet   

Kansas City just became the fastest gun in the west when Google flipped the switch to turn on their new “Google Fiber” internet service. Google Fiber can deliver screamingly fast internet speeds of up to one Gigabit. Reports on the ground say that connections are consistently between 600 and 750 Mbps, with Wi-Fi speeds of […]


Graphic Design Keynote Pro Tip – Export Animations to Video in Full HD   

Have you ever tried to export an animated Keynote presentation to video? If so, you have probably been a bit disappointed with the quality of the final video. As the integrated marketing manager here at Word Wizards, part of my job is to deliver professional quality media presentations. My software of choice for multimedia slide […]


Community Outreach TIVA-DC Peer Awards 2012: Hosted by Arch Campbell   

Roll out the red carpet, the time has come for The 2012 TIVA-DC Peer Awards. Word Wizards Inc. has been a proud sponsor of TIVA-DC for over 15 years and we are happy to continue our support at this year’s Peer Awards. The stage is set for a media industry extravaganza, all in the spirit […]