When resuming her English language studies in the mid-1990s, Maija Stenvall was still working at YLE TV news. Thus, news agency discourse was a natural choice for her research topic, especially as she could access the agency material which at that time was only available for paying subscribers. Her first paper, which was published in 1995, dealt with metaphors in political language, in the dispatches of the Associated Press (AP) and Reuters news agencies. After her retirement in 2002, she got a chance to join the VARIENG research unit, which provided her with the working premises and enabled her participation in various conferences.