Scott earned a BA in Journalism, with a minor in History, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2004. He studied for an MA in Journalism and Media Studies (2009) at the universities of Hamburg, Amsterdam and Århus, earning his degree through the European Union's Erasmus Mundus Master Programme.
During his masters studies he conducted research into how internet-based news media (blogs) and traditional news media (newspapers) refer to one another in their news texts.
In 2014 Scott completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield, which examines the discursive reaction of traditional media to the rise of WikiLeaks. He is also the reviews editor for the journal Digital Journalism edited by Professor Bob Franklin and co-editor with Franklin of the Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies (October 2016).
Before his studies Scott worked for several years as a journalist in the US at local and regional newspapers. He covered US/China trade policy and politics for an online and print news weekly in Washington, DC. He has also worked as a freelance media researcher in South Africa and in the US, and as an editor, author, and project co-ordinator for a US publishing house. Outside of journalism, he has worked as a substitute school teacher, candle maker, hotel doorman, and professional photographer.