‚ÄčThat has to be the conclusion of watching, listening and reading the news of the Marathon bombing and its aftermath for the last week. While social media sites like Twitter were ablaze with bits and bites of information crossing at lightning speed and Reddit was putting out information from police scanners, there was still so much that was reported that was just wrong. Most notably, CNN reported that authorities had a suspect in custody two days before that was the case and The New York Post erroneously had photos of innocent individuals labeled as the perpetrators. What struck me throughout this ordeal was that when there was live action to watch – like Friday's chase down of “Suspect #2”-TV and in this case, local TV, was the place to get the news. In fact, you couldn't stop watching. It was like viewing a real life episode of “Homeland”. But early on, in the immediate aftermath of the bombings, local TV seemed locked into their “storm coverage” formula of repeating the same thing over and over again without advancing the story. In the meantime, The Boston Globe sent reporters to find personal stories of survivors, first responders and victims, which gave us a fuller picture of what had happened. It's clear that the inevitable and understandable race to be first is as intense as ever. But in the 24/7 world of social media, accuracy may be a casualty that makes the job of filtering fact from fiction harder than it's ever been and the role of the reporter one that still has real value. Because just as we all fashion ourselves detectives from watching enough Law and Order and CSI episodes, we're not; and just as we might like to think that we are all reporters, we're not. Reporters are trained to ask tough questions, to sift through raw information and find the facts and tell the story. We need that now as much as we ever have. We're fooling ourselves to think otherwise. By Michal Regunberg, Senior Vice President at Solomon McCown & Company @MRInTouch