In case you missed it, the Columbia Journalism Review published a piece on April 15 about the byline quota/count/goal … thing:
On Monday, certain reporters at The Denver Post were on the hunt for stories. More stories. Managers at the paper had just announced that editors would be officially measuring the number of items published by investigative journalists and reporters who work on the city desk.
“The expectation is that every reporter will produce at least one story a day, and some of you will be expected to write at least two stories a day,” the paper’s news editor, Larry Ryckman, wrote to staff in a Monday e-mail. He added: “We will maintain our standards when it comes to story selection. We want only stories that are worthy of The Denver Post in print or online. These number targets will not change that.”