AUSTIN, Texas -- Journalism students at the University of Texas now have a state-of-the-art facility to use as they learn their craft.
The Belo Center for New Media opened in August and will officially be dedicated at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. We'll stream live video from this event on Kens5.com.
Named in honor of the vital role that Col. A. H. Belo played in the early days of Texas journalism, the new building provides a more open, interactive environment for more than 4,600 students in the College of Communication. The adjacent Jesse H. Jones Communication Center was built in 1974 to serve just 1,000 students.
The five-story, 120,000 square foot Belo Center cost almost $55 million and features auditoriums, interactive classrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a café.
Belo CEO Robert Decherd says the investment will help classic journalistic principles flourish in a digital media world. Belo is KENS 5's parent company.
Find out more about the Belo Center for New Media at http://communication.utexas.edu.
Click the player below to watch a time lapse of the construction: