Magazine covers tell the story of US politics in 2018

Washington (CNN)Politics showed up this year on the covers of all sorts of publications, from tabloids and magazines about tech and business, to pornography (Stormy Daniels covered Penthouse's May/June issue).

Of all the ways Americans get their news, print is the least popular, according to a Pew survey released this week. Just 7% said it's their preferred method, but the images created by editorial designers, photographers and cartoonists had a reach larger than just the subscribers who saw their work in their mailboxes or on their doorstep. The images peeked at us from grocery store checkout lines and populated our social media feeds.
This is the story of 2018 as told through nine magazine and newspaper images, and the stories behind them:

Tipping Point

    The Week, April 6
    Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School appeared across the media following the devastating shooting that killed 17 at their school in February. But The Week's illustrated cover was unique in that it portrayed students taking action.
    "It was clear to us that the students were effectively changing the terms of the debate," Bill Falk, editor in chief of The Week, told Cover/Line. "We decided to evoke the iconic image of rebellious Iraqis pulling down the statue of Saddam Hussein, with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre as the statue."
    The cover ran the week of the March For Our Lives protest. Illustrated by Fred Harper, it showed MSD's Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, along with Naomi Wadler -- who at 11 was the youngest speaker at the March For Your Lives protest -- toppling the National Rifle Association.

    The Making of Robert Mueller

    Wired, June