This week in Livingstone, Zambia, business and government leaders are coming together at the fourth annual African Business Media Innovators forum. It is a chance to discuss the media landscape of the future — and how to harness its power to drive economic growth. Africa is home to countries with the highest expected growth rates in the media and entertainment industries. Six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa, as well as an expanding middle-class that’s creating more opportunities for trade and investment – so it’s not surprising that more media companies are looking to expand here. The investment will bring economic benefits, but it will also present new challenges, which will be the focus of the conversations at this week’s forum, which will be led by executives, investors, and government officials from Africa and abroad.

One of those challenges is the major shift in how people get their news. Mobile technology and social media have grown exponentiall...

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