Superman's alter-ego Clark Kent was a journalist by trade at The Daily Planet. But he never really cut the mold of your ideal urban beat reporter, notes the Columbia Journalism Review's Michael Meyer:
As portrayed by Christopher Reeve, Kent is a befuddled, timid nerd who elevates politeness to the realm of parody. He says things like “swell” and is constantly pushing his glasses up on his nose or running into things. Socially clueless, he’s also completely devoid of wit despite the “snappy, punchy prose style” that his editor-in-chief claims as a reason for hiring him.
He was kind of a push over wasn't he?
Now if you're wondering why the media ethicists over at CJR are contemplating the journalistic qualifications of comic book heroes, it's all part of Meyer's examination of the role of journalism in Superman (1978) the movie. Meyer sees Superman's decision to disguise himself as a journalist as kind of dig on the Fourth Estate:
If Clark Kent is any help to Superman, it’s as a beard. In other words, Superman took a look around and concluded that the way he could most explicitly not be mistaken for a crusader trying to make a difference for humanity was to write for a major metropolitan newspaper.