Bill Hutchinson Knocks Out One Last ‘Wood’

Daily News rewrite man is headed west.

Per a longstanding New York Daily News tradition, the paper mocked up a personalized front page Thursday to bid farewell to 18-year employee Bill Hutchinson. “Hutch” is trading his job at a paper founded in 1919 for another position with a daily launched in 1865.

Former Daily News national editor Mark Mooney put together a nice summary for CNNMoney of the send-off festivities in the newsroom and at Fraunces Tavern. He also included this sly dig at the digital divide enveloping “New York’s Hometown Newspaper:”

The paper’s growing reliance on its website – which has no resemblance to its print edition – was on stark display. As Hutchinson left to a standing ovation from his print colleagues, the digital staff stayed in their seats, either unaware of the tradition or of Hutch’s contribution to the paper.

Hutchinson, a graduate of San Francisco State University, was more recently part of Stanford’s 2013 Hoover Institution Media Fellows group. He starts July 20 as The Chronicle’s deputy metro editor for breaking news.