How Many Journalism Jobs?

by Conor Friedersdorf

Here's a bold statement by Matt Welch:

I am willing to give Tim Rutten or anyone else $1,000 in Ron Paul-backed currency if they can prove to me there are fewer total journalism jobs (or total journalist-compensation) in 2011 than there were 2006, or 2001, or 1996.

I have no idea what those comparisons would show.