Brekke wins consecutive DeRose-Hinkhouse awards

Deb Christian, RCC President, presents the 2012 DeRose-Hinkhouse award for Best-in-Class Periodical single issue to Gregg Brekke. (George Conklin photo)

Gregg Brekke of SixView Studios has been recognized by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for his editorial, photography, and writing contributions to StillSpeaking Magazine. Brekke received Best-in-Class honors as  editor of the spring 2011 issue of magazine along with three individual Awards of Excellence for the 2011 magazine editions, a photo essay on the theme of ‘healing’, and the story ‘A Legacy of Mission in India‘ with accompanying photography.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Award reception was held in Philadelphia, Pa., April 12, 2012, in conjunction with the RCC’s annual national convention.

The award recognizes the achievements of RCC members who demonstrate excellence as religion communicators. Bonnie Parnell Riechert, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, was the Coordinator of judging for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards for 2012. The awards honor the late Victor DeRose and Paul M. Hinkhouse, who were leading lithographers in New York City.

The 2012 recognition marks consecutive years in which Brekke has received top national honors from the RCC. In 2011, Brekke won the Best-in-Class award for StillSpeaking Magazine’s 2010 issues along with Awards of Excellence for writing and photography.

Now owner of SixView Studios, a communications firm in Northeast Ohio, Brekke said he was thrilled to be recognized by the RCC for his contributions to religious communications. Receiving the award, he recognized the dedication of many saying, “As we all know, national publishing efforts of this magnitude require a team of people and I’m thankful to the contributors, designers, and production staff that made this possible.”

The RCC is an interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing, and public relations. Established in 1929, it is the oldest association of religion communicators in America. Twelve national RCC chapters serve to promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values as well as understanding among diverse faith groups.

SixView Studios is a leading presence in the fields of humanitarian photojournalism and documentary production. Extending its reach into corporate and organizational profiles, SixView Studios is dedicated to visual communication and interpretation via still, video, and graphic imaging along with the written and spoken word.

A complete list of the 2012 DeRose-Hinkhouse award winners can be found at