Lirim Shabani is a passionate media professional with a diverse background who currently works as the news editor for the online media outlet Telegrafi. In this role, he focuses on writing, editing and producing political, social and economic news and investigative reporting in an independent, unbiased manner. He also provides translation services for his reports and concentrates on his passion for photojournalism. Additionally, Shabani serves as a volunteer photographer for the American Corner Tetovo and co-founded a non-government organization serving Syrian refugees traveling through Macedonia.
Previously, he volunteered at the Tetova International Film Festival as a photographer. His interest in media and, in particular, photojournalism, began in 2007 when he worked as a news editor for a student magazine. Shabani has developed a wide range of skills from his diverse background and due to living and working in varied locations.
He has a master's degree in Diplomacy and, prior to this current role, Shabani lived and worked in Central African Republic, Iraq and Afghanistan from 2009 to 2015, serving a number of non-media related roles. During his MMLP fellowship, Shabani hopes to increase his skills in photojournalism and investigative reporting through working in a diverse and creative learning environment.