I wouldn't be doing what I do today if it weren't for my background in music journalism. While I was a young pup at Cal State Long Beach, I was lucky enough to become a part of the Union Weekly. A student-run alternative weekly, the Union was staffed by a throng of hungry creatives putting together an edgy, boundary-pushing paper by the seat of our pants, week after week. I eventually worked my way up to a position as Music Editor, which put me in charge of the music section each week. I wrangled a small team of writers, managed public relations, arranged show coverage and interviews, and laid the page out for every issue. Everything I learned, from editorialization to text layout and graphic design, has worked its way into my present career one way or another. Yesterday's journalism might be today's blogging, but I would be remiss not to give a nod to the time I spent putting ink on paper.